1. Jamie Shaul (Hull FC)
Easily the best performing full-back of round 17. He scored a scintillating try against Wigan that typified his side’s performance. FC were far more dominate than the 13-point margin suggests and Shaul deserves huge credit for that.
2. Mason Caton-Brown (Wakefield Trinity)
‘MCB’ scored a hat-trick against his former club, including a sensational run for his first, out-stripping Salford’s Robert Lui for the line. In my mind, the most underrated winger in Super League, along with Ben Jones-Bishop.
3. Jordan Turner (Huddersfield Giants)
The former Saints centre was brilliant on debut scoring a try and assisting two others, notching up the most complete debut performance I’ve seen in a long time. His display is more impressive given the fact he didn’t play a single game in the NRL with Canberra so would have been lacking match fitness.
4. Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity)
Another impressive display for a Trinity player, as Lyne makes the team with a brace of tries and 150 metres. He was part of a devastating attacking pair that scored five tries between them against a defensively sound Red Devils outfit; it simply underlines how good Wakefield are this season.
5. Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)
McGillvary was back to his powerful best; judging by stats alone he was the player the Wolves struggled to deal with most. He bagged a brace, 20 carries and three clean-breaks, with 172 metres gained. It’s great to see the England winger in such good form after he and the Giants have struggled this season.
6. Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants)
Brough was the architect of the Wolves downfall; he was instrumental in his side’s big win. He kicked a forty-twenty and assisted a try as he let his ability do the talking. This allowed the likes of Turner and McGillvary get all the plaudits.
7. Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity)
Finn was masterful against Salford and kicked a milestone 150th Wakefield career goal – only 18 players have achieved that feat in the history of the club. He may not look as flashy as some of the half-backs in the competition, but he certainly gets the job done and Trinity look a lot poorer without him.
8. Nathan Massey (Castleford Tigers, Star Man)
Arguably the best performance from Massey this season and possibly ever; he was every bit of the leader Cas needed and he struck fear into the disjointed Saints side. He made a solo clean-break, 169 metres and defensively touted 26 tackles. The fact he was a starting prop shows Daryl Powell had complete faith in Massey to stand up to the likes of Amor and Walmsley – and that faith was truly vindicated.
9. Danny Houghton (Hull FC)
Houghton hasn’t been the player he was in 2016. However, in the game against Wigan he was back to his best in defence with 47 tackles and became more of an attacking threat with a try and two assists; a truly great effort from last season’s Steve Prescott Man of Steel winner.
10. Jack Buchanan (Widnes Vikings)
Buchanan battered a bigger pack as the Vikings overcame the Dragons and jumped off the bottom of the table. During this performance he amassed a try, 28 tackles and 107 metres. It isn’t easy to outmuscle the Dragons forward line but he and Gil Dudson did just that and then some for the battling Vikings.
11. Mark Minichiello (Hull FC)
The 36-year-old was sensational for Hull as they produced a flawless display in the opening 40 minutes. He was difficult to control and ultimately that told – as he scored a try, made 28 tackles and 100 metres. He looked fresh and by far the best player on the pitch in the opening half.
12. Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers)
McMeeken used a bit of footwork to trick the Saints defence for a great try, and he led his side once he came off the bench. It was important for the Tigers to hang in there against a much stronger side in Saints, given a lot of their stars were rested. As the game wore on it made it easier when McMeeken came on to add that bit of extra quality to win the match for the exciting Tigers.
13. Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos)
Cuthbertson was the only Leeds player deserving of a spot in my side after an abject performance, although conditions and too many games contributed to that greatly. He scored a brace of tries and was a whisker away from a third try if it wasn’t for a great defensive tackle denying him the match ball. He notched up 32 tackles in defence and 115 metres for a solid all-round contribution.
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