1. Jake Mamo – Huddersfield Giants (Star Man)
Exceptional skill and talent was there for all to see from Mamo as he helped destroy the hapless Dragons with four tries, including a length of the field effort, totalling 246 metres gained. The former Newcastle Knights star has scored 12 tries in 8 games and just edged the returning Jonny Lomax out of the team.
2. Jermaine McGillvary – Huddersfield Giants
In truth, I changed the wing combinations several times. I’ve opted for McGillvary over Tom Briscoe and Regan Grace. The powerful winger scored a brace of tries and made a very solid 200+ metres. He’s a big reason why the Giants have gone from struggling, to a real threat, as they look to consolidate their place in the top eight.
3. Mark Percival – St. Helens
The English centre yet again showed why he deserves a place in the England squad come the World Cup. He provided a telling contribution and an uncompromising presence for the Saints as they battled past Widnes and into sixth place in the league. I’m not sure Percival could do any more to be given a chance, particularly when you consider the shortage of quality in the centres.
4. Mitch Brown – Leigh Centurions
The centre or full-back was a star performer for the Centurions as they recorded a famous and much deserved win over their arch rivals Wigan. He posted a try and assist in a game that saw defences take a night off.
5. Greg Eden – Castleford Tigers
A five-star performance from Eden as he bagged five tries – a record for a Cas player in one game. He made four clean-breaks and 146 metres. He’s capable of some fantastic finishing, but it’s nice to see he can finish easy as well; no chance goes begging for this exciting winger.
6. Joel Moon – Leeds Rhinos
When I asked fans that attended the Wakey-Leeds game who was the difference in a tight contest, it was a resounding answer: Joel Moon. He’s inspired the Rhinos attack since their hammering against Cas in round three and he shows no signs of slowing down. He gained a try and assist, even causing havoc in the Trinity defence with some ‘hit and hope’ kicks.
7. Ben Roberts – Castleford Tigers
I was going to pick Danny Brough here but then Ben Roberts turned on the style for the Tigers against the shell-shocked Wolves. His three clean-breaks set up tries and made life all too easy for star winger Eden.
8. Sebastine Ikahihifo – Huddersfield Giants
The man whose name I struggle to pronounce had an absolute stormer for the Giants. He busted open the Dragons and proved so difficult to handle in a game that saw everything go right for Huddersfield. In the process, Ikahihifo notched up 169 metres, a clean-break and 26 tackles.
9. Liam Hood – Leigh Centurions
He may have only had a cameo appearance for the Centurions win, but in that time he scored a brace and set up another as the Warriors defence fell apart near their own line. The former Rhinos youngster will be looking for more of the same as Leigh look to secure their future in Super League.
10. Liam Watts – Hull FC
Watts showed what he can do in Hull’s big win over second-placed Salford. His all-round contribution was brilliant as he set the tone for the likes of Jamie Shaul and Albert Kelly to take advantage of. He managed 143 metres, a try-assist, clean-break and 32 tackles, in what was a solid performance over a great side.
11. Stevie Ward – Leeds Rhinos
A grafting performance from the England hopeful. The Wakefield-Leeds game needed that type of grit and determination to help gain the win and Ward certainly provided it. In a match of small margins, Ward really made a great contribution in order for Moon to make the ultimate difference between the two sides. The stats suggest as such: 29 tackles, a try and clean-break.
12. Mike McMeeken – Castleford Tigers
The impressive England international second-rower was again proving difficult to stop as he scored a try, made another and gained over 100 metres; to do that against some international quality players in the Wolves squad is fantastic and shows he’s fully deserving of all the accolades he’s getting currently.
13. Glenn Stewart – Leigh Centurions
Nicknamed ‘the gift’ in his Manly Sea Eagles days, Stewart proved that he rightly deserves that name with a classy display against the current Super League Champions. He was seemingly the only player to be defensive-minded with a respectable total of 39 tackles and some great things with ball in hand to top it off.