With the Man of Steel points kept secret by Super League from Round 23 onwards, we thought it would be a good idea to predict the outcome of the award.
Each week our journalists will decide which players they think deserve the MOS points in their respective games, then we’ll add them to the overall standings and hopefully get an idea of who will win after 29 round (hopefully being the key word)!
The Challenge Cup Final has meant a week off from the Man of Steel table. Last time out, though, saw Jackson Hastings extend his lead at the top to nine points, while Jonny Lomax also moved up from eighth to fifth.
Here’s who we think won this week’s points:
Salford v Warrington
Ken Sio showed superb positional awareness and finishing ability, grabbing a very well-deserved hattrick.
3 points – Ken Sio
2 points – Joey Lussick
1 point – Lee Mossop
Hull FC v Huddersfield
He’s had his critics this season, but Matt Frawley delivered his best performance in a Giants shirt so far. He saved three tries and scored one, as well as being extremely influential in attack overall.
3 points – Matt Frawley
2 points – Lee Gaskell
1 point – Jamie Shaul
St Helens v Castleford
It was a ‘defence wins matches’ type of affair and Alex Walmsley was at the heart of that. His defence was tireless, while he was strong with ball-in-hand as ever.
3 points – Alex Walmsley
2 points – Regan Grace
1 point – Jonny Lomax
Catalans v Hull KR
It would be unfair to say Ryan Shaw won Hull KR the game single-handedly, however that’s certainly what the points tally shows. Shaw scored 20 points in Rovers’ 24-6 victory.
3 points – Ryan Shaw
2 points – Weller Hauraki
1 point – Danny McGuire
London v Leeds
Jack Walker made some superb plays in defence and constantly probed the Broncos’ line in attack, picking up two tries in the process.
3 points – Jack Walker
2 points – Brett Ferres
1 point – Jordan Abdull
Wakefield v Wigan
Liam Marshall’s three tries, including two superb solo long-range efforts, secured the two points for the Warriors as they moved back into second in the table.
3 points – Liam Marshall
2 points – Morgan Escare
1 point – Zak Hardaker
Jackson Hastings remains at the top of the standings despite not picking up any points this week. Jonny Lomax moves up to joint-third with Liam Watts, while Jordan Abdull moves into joint sixth after picking up a point in London’s loss to Leeds.
1. Jackson Hastings (Salford Red Devils) – 34
2. Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves) – 25
3. Liam Watts (Castleford Tigers) – 21
4. Jonny Lomax (St Helens) – 21
5. Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) – 20
6. David Fifita (Wakefield Trinity) – 18
7. Lachlan Coote (St Helens) – 18
8. Sam Tomkins (Catalan Dragons) – 18
9. George Williams (Wigan Warriors) – 18
10. Jordan Abdull (London Broncos) – 18