1. Jake Mamo – Huddersfield Giants
In a superb individual performance, Mamo scored a hat-trick of tries and made three clean-breaks. At one stage it looked like the star full-back would beat Castleford all by himself, but it wasn’t to be.
2. Jamie Shaul – Hull FC
Pushed to the wing, Shaul was sensational in Hull FC’s comeback victory against a shell-shocked Vikings side, which have been kept scoreless in almost a third of their games since 2012. Shaul inspired a great comeback with a brace of tries and assists, as well as three clean-breaks.
3. Liam Sutcliffe – Leeds Rhinos
Sutcliffe may have been placed out of position on his return to the Rhinos side but he was solid in attack and perfect with the boot, kicking five from five conversion attempts including a pressure conversion to edge Leeds ahead 24-22. He also made a respectable 31 tackles for his evening’s work.
4. Kris Welham – Salford Red Devils
Probably Welham’s best game of the season so far as he smashed the weakened Warriors to pieces; scoring a try, making 165 metres and three clean-breaks. It could be argued that he was the best player on the field – a performance that deserved moving into second in the Super League table.
5. Patrick Ah Van – Widnes Vikings
Ah Van produced a flawless first forty minutes as the Vikings raced into a 22-0 lead over Hull FC. He was a thorn in the Black and Whites’ side. Scoring a brace of tries and making two clean-breaks, it’s amazing how, much like Huddersfield’s Jake Mamo, he ended up on the losing side.
6. Harvey Livett – Warrington Wolves (Star Man)
The Wolves youngster is often used a utility back, in the centres or halves, but against the Saints he was called upon to marshal the Warrington troops in the absence of England international Kevin Brown. He did superbly well, scoring and making a try as well 158 metres in a position where you don’t get that much room to create.
7. Michael Dobson – Salford Red Devils
Dobson was the master of the game-plan for the high-flying Red Devils as he assisted two tries and used his ability to cause havoc in the inexperienced Wigan ranks. It was a performance that pleased his coach Ian Watson and signalled a peak in form for the former Hull KR playmaker.
8. Liam Watts – Hull FC
Watts was the powerhouse that surged forward to batter down what was seemingly an unassailable deficit. In doing so Watts crushed the numbers hard for great returns of 145 metres, an assist and a massive 47 tackles, to help turn the tide on the Vikings and drown them out of the contest.
9. Paul Aiton – Catalans Dragons
Unlucky to be on the losing side along with forwards Julian Bousquet and Remi Casty. However, I believe Aiton deserves a spot over them as he bossed the ruck area for the majority of the game, only to be undone by a blitz of strong plays by the Rhinos. This ruck domination translated into 114 metres and 37 tackles in a bitterly disappointing defeat for Aition and his Dragons team-mates.
10. Adam Cuthbertson – Leeds Rhinos
‘Cuthbo’ was a consistent performer throughout the game against Catalans, but he kicked into overdrive and sparked a revival to somehow sneak a win for the Rhinos. For a good 15-20 minutes Cuthbertson became superhuman and dismantled the Dragons hard work piece by piece, making 192 metres, scoring a try and making two clean-breaks. In defence he crunched 44 tackles for what was almost a lost cause.
11. Jesse Sene-Lefao – Castleford Tigers
In a game the Tigers were far from their table-topping best, Sefe-Lefao provided a shining light in an otherwise poor display. He scored the winning try and broke the Giants’ hearts. He was menacing throughout in both attack and defence, which made him a great choice for the team this week.
12. Danny Kirmond – Wakefield Trinity
Kirmond was all smiles against the Centurions as he bagged a brace in what was a topsy-turvy game. He was brilliant in collision and with ball in hand, and much like Welham easily produced his best game of the season to consolidate his team within the top six, on a shoe-string budget.
13. Glenn Stewart – Leigh Centurions
Stewart was magnificent in defeat for the Centurions and a big reason why Leigh took the lead in the second-half, only to be blown away by a Kirmond inspired Trinity. In clawing back into the game, Stewart made 39 tackles and 108 metres, but sadly for him and his team-mates the efforts were in vain.