1. Jack Walker – Leeds Rhinos (Star Man)
He may only be 17, but the talented Rhinos youngster made a mockery of far more experienced players in the game against Saints. He was targeted as a weakness but ended up being the Rhinos ultimate strength. Walker made three try-saving tackles, two in the first half and 107 metres in a man-of-the-match display.
2. Mahe Fonua – Hull FC
Despite defeat, Fonua was brilliant for Hull FC. He scored a brace of tries and made three clean-breaks. One of his tries was owed entirely to Jake Connor’s deft flick offload, but regardless Fonua was worthy of a place in the team, in his favoured position on the wing.
3. Junior Sa’u – Salford Red Devils
Sa’u was arguably Salford’s star man against Huddersfield with a couple of other contenders. He was yet again unplayable and made it count with two clean-breaks and 155 metres. It makes the clash against Leeds on Sunday absolutely mouth-watering considering all the players currently in form for both sides.
4. Bill Tupou – Wakefield Trinity
Tupou was just as unplayable for Trinity against the Wolves as Sa’u against the Giants. He’s highly regarded as one of Wakefield’s best players and he certainly showed it with a try, 151 metres and five offloads. His ability to release his winger is up there with the best centres in the Super League and he proved it against Warrington with ease.
5. Joe Burgess – Wigan Warriors
In a scrappy contest, Burgess eased the worries of the Wigan faithful with a late brace of tries to snap their winless run in Super League. He’s slowly getting back to his best and it’s helped by a strong performance from his centre partner Oliver Gildart, who made three clean-breaks.
6. Ben Reynolds – Leigh Centurions
In truth, Reynolds was the only bright point on a dark day for the Leigh club as they were condemned to the Qualifiers. Reynolds looked set to earn his side the much-needed victory when he claimed 20 points all to himself. However, poor defence late on meant his personal performance meant nothing but a positive building block.
7. Robert Lui – Salford Red Devils
Frankly, Lui was one of a few half-backs that could and probably should have made the team, with Jordan Lilley, Luke Gale and Joel Moon all playing superbly well, especially young Lilley. That being said, Lui was again vital for the Red Devils as he made two assists and scored a try, adding to Dobson kicking two forty-twenties which really piled on the pressure.
8. Tony Clubb – Wigan Warriors
Clubb returned from having a kidney removed to star in the Warriors’ victory over a hapless Widnes outfit. He scored a controversial try but besides that made a great contribution in the circumstances, as the Warriors won a Super League match for the first time in two months.
9. Kyle Wood – Wakefield Trinity
Wood made a number of vital tackles for Wakefield as they kept up their push for a top four place. He made 46 tackles in total and managed a try and assist to really put the icing on the victory cake. He’s been in fantastic form but has been over shadowed by strong contributions this season from the likes of Jones-Bishop, Tupou and Caton-Brown. Maybe he’ll begin to get the credit he deserves.
10. Gadwin Springer – Castleford Tigers
In a game they just about deserved to win, the Tigers will be grateful to Springer for his great performance against a tough Hull pack. He’s been out of the side a lot this season and overlooked, but he showed Daryl Powell how good he can really be against one of the title contenders.
11. Ben Murdoch-Masila – Salford Red Devils
‘BMM’ was in fine form against difficult opposition and just edges out Wigan’s Liam Farrell from the team. He scored and assisted a try as well as making a clean-break in the victory against Huddersfield. Murdoch-Masila is definitely a contender to be in the Super League Dream Team at the end of the season.
12. Stevie Ward – Leeds Rhinos
Ward scored his fourth try in five games as the Rhinos saw off a battling Saints outfit that lost influential half-back Matty Smith to a nasty eye injury. He bust the Saints pack time and again making it much easier for the likes of Moon and the impressive Lilley to gain a foothold in the game. He contributed 38 tackles in defence and made 112 metres for a good all-round contribution.
13. Jason Baitieri – Catalans Dragons
Baitieri looked like the only player trying to defend in the bizarre 40-36 victory over Leigh. He made 38 tackles and 97 metres for the Dragons’ cause. The win aids Catalans late charge for a top eight place, continuing against the improving Wigan Warriors in round 21.
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