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Super 8’s Team of the Week: Round 1

Fullback – Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors)

Kicked two vital conversions in his side’s two-point victory over Castleford. Also chimed in well in attack, combining with Williams, Leuluai and Escaré on regular occasions.

Wing – Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants)

Enhanced his reputation as a natural finisher by adding two fine tries to his tally, which is no mean feat especially considering he was opposite Tommy Makinson.

Centre – Bill Tupou (Wakefield Trinity)

Worked hard in both attack and defence. Made the game’s most metres with 164 and scored a strong well-finished try.

Centre – Jordan Turner (Huddersfield Giants)

A dominant force down Huddersfield’s left edge. Made the most carries (20) and most metres (155), as well as assisting one of McIntosh’s tries.

Wing – Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity)

Made the most tackle busts against Hull with 11, including his try where he beat five players to get over the line.

Stand-off – Kevin Brown (Warrington Wolves)

Was at his creative best on Friday. Scored a smart try himself and was involved in every one of their other nine.

Scrum-half – Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves)

Played a superb supporting role alongside Kevin Brown. Manipulated the Dragons’ defence, assisting three of his side’s tries, and made a smart read to collect Brown’s banana kick for his own four-pointer.

Prop – Liam Watts (Castleford Tigers)

Made the most metres in the game with 127, as well as making the most tackles of any Super 8’s player all weekend. Coming into good form after struggling to find his feet in his early days with the Tigers.

Hooker – Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)

Had a huge influence on Castleford’s eventually ill-fated comeback. His distribution was excellent, particularly in the second half, while he also stood in defence, making 46 tackles.

Made the second most tackles in the game with 48, which is particularly impressive considering he was on the winning side. Was also very potent in attack.

Second Row – Zeb Taia (St Helens)

One of Saints’ better players despite their loss. Defended valiantly, making 33 tackles, and also worked hard in attack with 154 metres from 17 carries.

Loose Forward – Gabriel Hamlin (Wigan Warriors)

Played his best game in a Warriors shirt so far. Played the tough, aggressive game he was renown for in Oz, summed up by his try where he steamrolled through two Castleford defenders.

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