Betfred Super League Team of the Week 12

Yet another ‘infamous’ and gruelling Easter period draws to a close, with players and clubs alike reiterating their dominance and talent whereas others returned to Earth with a bang!

Find out below who made our final Team of the Week as Super League is set to return to regular weekly round clashes.

 

Coach – Justin Holbrook

Returning to the coaching role is St Helens’ Justin Holbrook as his side gave Hull FC a serious reality check with a 62-16 thumping at the Totally Wicked stadium.

The result completed a perfect Easter period for his side as they remained the team to beat by recording their heaviest win of the 2019 season.

Arguably the best move from chairman Eamon McManus as Holbrook has taken the Saints from mid-table to consistently at the top and red hot favourites for silverware, perhaps the clean sweep for the first time since 2006?

 

Full-back – Lachlan Coote

Fan favourite Lachlan Coote personally bags a perfect Easter weekend as he retains his position at full-back.

The Scottish international bagged a superb try and provided two assists to leave Hull FC in his wake.

He also busted nine tackles and managed 109 metres from 12 carries as the full-back is looking good to repeat his predecessor’s achievements of attaining a Man of Steel award.

 

Wingers – Adam Swift & Lee Kershaw

Returning to give his head coach selection headache was hat-trick hero Adam Swift and he is joined by Wakefield’s latest prospect Lee Kershaw.

Swift by name, swift by nature as he managed eight tackle busts and 167 metres from 20 carries on top of his three scores.

As for Kershaw, he was called upon in Wakefield’s desperate hour of need and responded in fine style.

The youngster notched a try, managed seven busts and a staggering 206 metres from 14 carries as he helped Trinity bounce back to winning ways against old enemies Leeds Rhinos.

Centres – Kevin Naiqama & Reece Lyne

Another who starred in Saints’ decimation was Fijian Kevin Naiqama, joined by the underrated Reece Lyne of Wakefield.

Naiqama bagged himself four tries as he and Swift was unstoppable down their right edge.

To add insult to injury, he totalled seven tackle busts and 149 metres from 15 carries in a ruthless display.

As for Lyne, similar to Kershaw, he produced a heroic performance for an injury hit Trinity side.

Bagging a try, two assists, 18 tackles, three busts and a superb 195 metres from 14 carries helped his side complete a historic home and away double over the former Super League champions and keep their Play-off hopes well and truly alive!

 

Stand-off – Jonny Lomax

Another of St Helens’ endless list of internationals is at stand-off is Jonny Lomax, who produced a man of the match performance against Hull.

Lomax led the way for the Saints as they overcame a drastic start to secure a memorable win.

Scoring two tries, assisting in three, 16 tackle busts and 82 metres from 12 carries saw him at his finest hour.

Should he continue, Wayne Bennett will certainly have a selection headache come Autumn as Lomax continues his destiny towards greatness.

 

Scrum-half – Jackson Hastings

On the losing side? Regardless, Salford’s Jackson Hastings is taking Super League by storm as he performed well enough to remain at scrum-half.

Hastings provided two assists, completed 16 tackles, six busts, eight attacking kicks and 151 metres from 21 carries.

It may not have been enough for Salford but yet another strong performance by Hastings and the Red Devils as they remain contenders for the Play-offs themselves.

 

Props – Julien Bousquet & Lama Tasi

The big guns sees Catalans’ Julien Bousquet and Warrington’s Lama Tasi secure positions in the front row.

Bousquet achieved a rarity within the sport, a brace of tries from a prop as Catalans battled past Castleford to secure an Easter double.

Not only did the prop score two tries but also completed 22 tackles and 70 metres with ball in hand to keep the visitors on the back foot throughout.

Tasi meanwhile, proved too much a handful for Hull Kingston Rovers as he and Warrington bounced back from their miserable Good Friday with an emphatic win in East Yorkshire.

The 28-year-old completed 21 tackles, managed three busts and 118 metres from 10 carries, a superb effort from such a testing period in the season.

Hooker – Daryl Clark

Another star performer for Warrington was international Daryl Clark.

The 25-year-old led by example in their 54-6 thrashing of the Robins, assisting in two tries, completing 30 tackle and 109 metres from 10 carries saw Tim Sheens’ side simply no match.

Another demonstration that the hooking role in this country is a blessed position, with so many competing for that Great Britain position come Autumn, with Clark at the forefront for such a prestigious honour, going off this result.

 

Second-row – Matt Whitley & Joe Greenwood

An-all English combination at second row as Catalans’ Matt Whitley and Wigan’s Joe Greenwood are chosen.

Having applied or applying their traits in different parts of the world, these tourists continued their fine form in crucial victories for their clubs on Monday.

Whitley scored a try, assisted in two, completed 31 tackles, five buts and 91 metres from 13 carries.

Greenwood scored two tries plus managed 27 tackles, three busts and 104 metres from 15 carries.

An interesting result helped by two talents as both clubs may now look towards a Play-off position come the business end of the season.

 

Loose-forward – Sitaleki Akauola

Returning to the Warrington team was Sitaleki Akauola, who enjoyed a memorable performance for the ‘Wire’.

Rotating within the back row, Akauola helped keep the Robins guessing and was perhaps a contributing factor to such a heavy win.

He was another who scored as well as managing six busts and 128 metres from 11 carries and should he remain for the long run, will keep the Wolves successful in an already talented line-up.

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