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SL Team of the Week: Round 23

Widnes Vikings 16-28 Huddersfield Giants

Fullback – Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e (Castleford Tigers)

Really injected himself into the game, making the game’s most carries with 17. Scored a deserved two tries and seems to be forming a useful combination with Jake Trueman and Jamie Ellis.

Wing – Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)

Undoubtedly the standout performer for the Giants on Friday. Not only scored a hat trick, but also topped the stats charts for tackle busts (4) and metres gained (155).

Centre – Leroy Cudjoe (Huddersfield Giants)

If McGillvary is on fire, then you can almost guarantee his mate on the inside will be too. Cudjoe got three assists and also made 26 tackles, which is pretty good going for a wide player.

Centre – Carlos Tuimavave (Hull FC)

But of an unsung hero for the Black and Whites in their derby loss. Did plenty of work in attack, making 209 metres from 25 carries, and was one of the only players who actually looked dangerous on the ball.

Wing – Craig Hall (Hull KR)

Was the star of the Hull derby in his second Rovers debut, especially after coming in at such short notice. Scored two crucial, well-finished tries as well as notching a staggering 52 metre penalty goal just before halftime. Greg Eden also deserves a mention after bouncing back from last week’s disaster to score a hat trick against Widnes.

Stand-off – Jonny Lomax (St Helens)

Was scintillating in attack, scoring a try and creating one. Also had the joint most tackle busts and carries with 11 and 19 respectively.

Scrum-half – Danny Richardson (St Helens)

Who else? Won the game in yet another high pressure situation with a stunning 55 metre penalty goal. Jackson Hastings also deserves an honourable mention after a sterling debut for Salford.

Prop – Mike Cooper (Warrington Wolves)

Did big minutes and was consistent for all of them. Made 124 metres in 19 carries, as well as making 24 tackles in defence.

Hooker – Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves)

Unlucky to be on the losing side. Was electric out of dummy half as usual but also stood up in defence, making the most tackles with an impressive 49.

Grafted in both attack and defence, summed up by the line he hit to score his try. Also had the game’s second highest average gain, with 13.1.

Second Row – Danny Tickle (Hull KR)

Scored a try and kicked two crucial tries late on despite going through a mountain of defence. Is proving to be a bit of an unsung hero for the Robins.

Loose Forward – Tyrone McCarthy (Salford Red Devils)

Did the tough stuff down the middle for Ian Watson’s side to create space out wide. Also stood up well in defence, making 38 tackles.

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