Betfred Super League Team of the Week 13

Unlucky for some? The ‘dreaded’ round 13 provided plenty more points and delivered some interesting results in the race towards both Old Trafford as well as surviving relegation, find out who made Team of the Week below!

 

Coach – Justin Holbrook

A fairly difficult choice but edging it is St Helens boss Justin Holbrook.

The Australian saw his side remain at the top of the table as they gained sweet revenge on the Catalan Dragons at the Totally Wicked stadium on Sunday.

His side sustained their only defeat of 2019 over in France but what a response from the Saints, notching 50 points in another easy win as they look well on course for a seventh Super League title.

 

Full-back – Jack Welsby

Yet another Saints player slots in at full-back, this time it is youngster Jack Welsby.

The 18-year-old was filling in for international Lachlan Coote and produced a top performance that may give Holbrook a selection headache in the forthcoming weeks.

He scored a try managed 12 tackle busts and 161 metres from 22 carries, displaying excellent support play and an equally as good work ethic as a bright future looks set for the prospect.

 

Wingers – Ash Handley & Adam Swift

Returning to winning ways was Leeds’ Ash Handley, joined by Adam Swift, who retains his position from last week.

Handley bagged a brace of tries in Leeds’ narrow win over Hull KR. He also managed five tackle busts and 139 metres from 13 carries as the Rhinos repelled a fightback and climbed to tenth in the Super League table.

As for Swift, by name and by nature, he is relishing his return in the St Helens side as he scored another try and provided an assist in his side’s easy win over Catalans.

He also achieved four tackle busts and 125 metres from 12 carries, providing crucial support for his forward pack that helped his side remain dominant throughout.

Centres – Matty Costello & Bryson Goodwin

Decent mix of youth and age line-up at centre in St Helens’ Matty Costello and Warrington’s Bryson Goodwin.

Costello was another who took full advantage of a chance to shine for the first team, bagging a hat-trick of tries in the win over Catalans.

He also completed 17 tackles, two busts and 70 metres with ball in hand for good measure.

As for Goodwin, recently returning from injury, he starred as Warrington fought back and produced a perfect second half performance to leave Huddersfield in their wake.

The 33-year-old scored a brace of tries, completed 13 tackles, three busts and 77 metres from 11 carries, demonstrating that there’s plenty of life and skill in him as he looks to end his career on a high.

 

Stand-off – Albert Kelly

Regaining the stand-off position after a disappointing Easter Monday is Hull’s Albert Kelly.

The fan favourite produced a man of the match performance as Hull gained revenge by dispatching Wakefield 30-14 at the KCOM stadium.

He scored a special try, provided two assists, six tackle busts and 65 metres from eight carries saw him back to his best as the Airlie Birds climbed to third in the table.

Scrum-half – Jackson Hastings

This guy again?! Salford’s unsung hero Jackson Hastings gains the scrum-half position for the eighth time this season.

Half of Super League have previously chased his signature and with good reason as he produced another top performance for Salford in their win in London.

Scoring a try, providing an assist, 17 tackles, four busts, two attacking kicks and 101 metres from 19 carries? Missed anything? A sensational effort as the Red Devils avenged their defeat in the Qualifiers and maintained their hopes of a play-off finish.

 

Props – Alex Walmsley & Chris Hill

A positive for the England international team as two of their players secure places in the front row in Alex Walmsley and Chris Hill.

Walmsley led by example in the pack against Catalans in his side’s clinical performance.

An assist, 17 tackles, 13 busts and 161 metres from 19 carries saw Walmsley back at his best and will no doubt give both Holbrook and Wayne Bennett selection headaches in the foreseeable future.

Similar superlatives however, befell Hill. The veteran scored a try, completed 22 tackles and amassed 144 metres from 19 carries as he led the way in a brilliant recovery against Huddersfield.

Hooker – Sam Powell

A bizarre choice? Wigan’s Sam Powell gains a spot for the first time this season and with good reason.

Sometimes in rugby league, it’s not about scoring many points, it is about grinding a result out and that is what Powell helped Wigan do in their 6-4 win over Castleford.

He scored the game’s only try that ultimately proved to be the difference but add 52 tackles on to that then you really do have a work horse.

 

Second-row – Zeb Taia & Josh Jones

A familiar duo are in the second-row in St Helens’ Zeb Taia and Salford’s Josh Jones.

Life in the old dog Taia as he scored a try, provided two assists, completed 27 tackles, nine busts and tallied 144 metres from 19 carries as he successfully haunted his former club.

Jones meanwhile, helped Salford return to winning ways with convincing win down in Ealing.

The 25-year-old provided a try assist, completed 21 tackles, six busts and 103 metres from 19 carries.

 

Loose-forward – Joe Westerman

A controversial selection maybe as Hull FC’s Joe Westerman completes the line-up.

The 29-year-old scored another two tries as he helped the Airlie Birds avoid a fourth consecutive defeat to Trinity.

He also provided support for the forward pack throughout, a difficult task considering the size of Wakefield’s pack as Hull enter May as interesting contenders for the play-offs.

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