1. Tommy Makinson (St Helens)
Makinson was exceptional for the Saints in this game. Playing at full-back suits his style, with 222 metres added to by arguably the try of the season so far, as he broke clear from his own 20-metre line, beating away several challengers.
2. Greg Eden (Castleford Tigers)
Scoring a hat-trick against the Rhinos earns Eden a wing spot on my team; in the process becoming the third Cas winger to score a hat-trick against the Rhinos. Leeds struggled to deal with Eden – and it showed – with two clean-breaks as well.
3. Michael Shenton (Castleford Tigers)
Shenton was superb for Castleford as he tormented the Rhinos from start to finish. His brilliant flick pass typified such a display, earning himself three clean-breaks and as many assists on a very profitable afternoon for the former Saints centre.
4. Kris Welham (Salford Red Devils)
Welham bagged a brace and an assist in a strong performance that saw the Red Devils go second in the Super League table. Since his move to Salford, Welham has rediscovered the form from his Hull KR days when he was on the cusp of an England call-up.
5. Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors)
Just edging out Ben Jones-Bishop from the team, Marshall was the difference in my eyes between defeat and a share of the spoils against a reinvigorated Wolves outfit. He yet again scored an impressive hat-trick – including a 90-metre dash.
6. Jacob Miller (Wakefield Trinity)
Miller was instrumental against a hapless Widnes side. He notched up an assist and was a constant threat to the Vikings. It’s good to see the former Wests Tigers half-back playing so well in a strong structure under Chris Chester; with that in mind I see no reason why Trinity can’t finish top six.
7. Matty Smith (St Helens)
Smith has been out of sorts for Saints, and that’s shown in the team performances. However, it’s no coincidence that once he clicks into gear the Saints then win and win well. During the big victory over Hull FC, Smith collected a tidy brace of assists as well as some menacing attacking kicks.
8. Alex Walmsley (St Helens, Star Man)
If there was a star team award I’d hand it to Saints after their huge moral boosting win over Hull FC. Walmsley was the reason the Red Vee battered the Black and Whites as they did. He smashed his way to a brace of tries and 170 metres, a performance that will have surely caught the eye of England head coach Wayne Bennett.
9. Kyle Wood (Wakefield Trinity)
Wood was brilliant for Trinity as he crunched up in defence and helped form the strong attacking structures which led to BJB scoring a brace of tries. In a game where they dominated in every area, it was Wood’s defence that impressed me most with 49 tackles. Spare a thought however for Man of Steel winner Danny Houghton who cracked up 68 tackles in a massive loss.
10. Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves)
It was a disappointing draw for the Wolves but they wouldn’t have even got that if it wasn’t for the go-forward of Cooper. He performed, much like Wigan’s Liam Marshall, in a way that warranted a victory, unfortunately that wasn’t the case. His display translated to 144 metres and 39 tackles for an all-round contribution.
11. Ben Murdoch-Masila (Salford Red Devils)
A Man of the Match performance saw BMM bagged a brace of tries and produce a devastating display which Leigh couldn’t handle. He was impossible to stop and ultimately when you can’t stop him, he’s going to ruin your defence in devastating style.
12. Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos)
Edging out Matty Ashurst from the side, Stevie Ward makes it despite defeat. He was truly outstanding for his team and showed all the confidence and composure expected of a captain, fitting as he wears the iconic 13 jersey once worn by Leeds legend Kevin Sinfield. In terms of stats to support my claim, Ward managed a respectable 37 tackles, 97 metres and a nice assist as well.
13. Adam Milner (Castleford Tigers)
In an impressive but tough game, there had to be a man that steadied the nerves and snuffed out any threat from the opposition. In Adam Milner Castleford had that man; whilst his team-mates were using their flair and making it look easy, Milner battled back the Rhinos threats in attack, doing a fantastic job at shutting them down and then starting his side’s attack up again with strong carries.
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