SL Team of the Week: Round 22

Fullback – Jack Walker (Leeds Rhinos)

Pestered the Widnes defence playing on the back of his side’s offloading game. Scored a try, made three clean breaks and 169 metres, as well as putting in a couple of superb try-saving tackles. Stefan Ratchford and Jordan Rankin also deserve honourable mentions.

Winger – Tom Makinson (St Helens)

Didn’t score a try but played a big part in Saints’ derby win. Returned the ball well and put in plenty of the dirty work to let the forwards rest, even racking up 234 metres.

Centre – Reece Lyne (Wakefield Trinity)

Was unplayable at times down the right. Showed superb speed and strength to beat defenders for both his two tries and his assist.

Centre – Brayden Wiliame (Catalan Dragons)

Troubled Salford’s right edge all game. Made an impressive 17 carries, both bringing it out from the back and threatening the Devils’ line and set up three of Fouad Yaha’s four tries with some great handling.

Winger – Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)

Posed a constant threat on the Giants’ right, not only scoring three tries but also leading the stats charts in carries (20) and clean breaks (3). Teammate Darnell McIntosh and Catalans’ four-try hero Fouad Yaha also deserve honourable mentions.

Stand-off – Lee Gaskell (Huddersfield Giants)

Has turned into a different player under Simon Woolford. Created chances with his running game and took a lot of creative responsibility off Danny Brough’s shoulders.

Scrum-half – Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity)

Pulled the strings in attack as Wakefield demolished Hull. Didn’t score himself but did have a hand in five of his side’s 12 tries.

Prop – Luke Thompson (St Helens)

Another top performance from the young forward. Topped the stats charts for tackle busts with nine and led Saints’ pack.

Hooker – James Roby (St Helens)

Was an absolute warrior on Thursday night. Defended like a soldier, making 49 tackles, and tormented Wigan in attack, with his 11 runs from dummy half causing problems all game. Deserved his man-of-the-match award.

Prop – Julian Bousquet (Catalan Dragons)

‘The Bus’ again stood up to make an impact off the bench. He’s proving himself to be one of the Dragons’ best attacking forwards, again topping both the metres made (169) and average gain (10.56) charts respectively.

Second Row – Jack Hughes (Warrington Wolves)

Did a lot of the dirty work this week compared to usual. He’s usually more of an attacking threat but really stood up in defence, making the most tackles of any Warrington player with 32.

Second Row – Kenny Edwards (Catalan Dragons)

Like Bousquet, Edwards changed the game when he came on. Naturally attracted defenders to create space for his teammates and was strong with ball-in-hand.

Loose Forward – Rémi Casty (Catalan Dragons)

Typical trojan-like performance from Casty. Made 21 tackles and had an impressive average gain of 7.4.

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