Fullback – Calum Turner (Castleford Tigers)
Showed up superbly despite being rushed into the squad last-minute. Produced a mature performance that could make him the answer to Daryl Powell’s fullback dilemma.
Wing – Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity)
Scored two well-finished tries in Trinity’s win against Wigan, as well as being solid in defence. Currently Wakefield’s top scorer with 12.
Centre – Mark Percival (St Helens)
Another solid performance which brought with it a try and an assist. Doesn’t catch the headlines as much as the likes of Barba or Richardson, but is still a key cog in the Saints wheel and will be key should they be successful this season.
Centre – David Mead (Catalan Dragons)
A constant threat in attack and was defensively sound. His try-saving tackle on Ted Chapelhow early on was particularly impressive and prevented Widnes from getting a secure foothold in the game.
Wing – Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC)
Scored a hat-trick of tries that all took some finishing. His reads in defence were spot just about all game and he dominated opposite number, Greg Johnson, in both attack and defence.
Stand-off – Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e (Castleford Tigers)
Produced a man-of-the-match performance with a stunning Super League debut. Scored a try with some good support play and tormented Warrington’s defence all game.
Scrum-half – Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity)
Deputised for Liam Finn and rose to that challenge. Like Jacob Miller, he’s more of a running halfback but adapted his game to be effective as a ball player and took control of his side’s attack.
Prop – David Fifita (Wakefield Trinity)
Helped his side dominate down the middle with the kind of strong runs he’s become known for. Set a great platform for his halves to play on the back of and drew defenders into the middle, creating space out wide.
Hooker – Matt Parcell (Leeds Rhinos)
Was Leeds’ one constant attacking threat in a team that were poor in attack. Was quick out of dummy half and constantly looked to create chances. It’s just a shame none of his teammates were on the same wavelength.
Prop – Grant Millington (Castleford Tigers)
A typically reliable performance from Millington. Ran hard, tackled hard and set an example for the young cubs in his side.
Second Row – Alex Mellor (Huddersfield Giants)
Without doubt the Giants’ best player on Friday. Made the most metres, tackles and tackle busts for his side as well as grabbing a try and an assist.
Second Row – Zeb Taia (St Helens)
Put in a workhorse-like shift as he always does, with a couple of classy touches along the way. His deft inside ball for Barba’s first try was particularly nice to watch.
Loose Forward – Rémi Casty (Catalan Dragons)
Lead from the front in the Dragons’ pack and helped his side regain momentum after going down early on. His try on the hour paved the way for the Dragons to take a tight grip on the game.