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Super 8’s Team of the Week: Round 2

St Helens v Huddersfield Giants

Fullback – Peter Mata’utai (Castleford Tigers)

Seems to have finally filled the fullback role at Cas. Played a starring role on Friday against Warrington, cleaning up loose balls and chiming in well in attack.

Wing – Tom Makinson (St Helens)

Produced two immaculate finishes to kick his side into gear after a slow start. Also put the work in with his kick returns and bringing the ball away from his own line. Greg Eden also deserves a mention for his two tries against Warrington.

Centre – Bill Tupou (Wakefield Trinity)

As ever, stood out despite being on the losing side. Was the game’s top metre maker by some distance with 172 and scored a good try in the last 20 minutes after impressively taking Jacob Miller’s looping pass.

Centre – Brayden Wiliame (Catalan Dragons)

Stood out for the Dragons in parts and was one of their more evasive players. Had one of the top average gains in Super League all weekend with an average of 14.00 metres per carry.

Wing – Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)

Didn’t get on the scoresheet this week but put in a typically solid performance. Made 155 metres from 17 carries, which included plenty after contact.

Stand-off – George Williams (Wigan Warriors)

Led Wigan in attack alongside Sam Tomkins, making the game’s most tackle busts with nine. His try on 58 minutes where he shimmied past two would-be Dragons defenders put the game beyond any doubt.

Scrum-half – Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers)

A fairly quiet week by his own standards but still contributed to his side’s attack with good movement and some probing attacking kicks.

Prop – Jack Ashworth (St Helens)

Changed the game when he came on with some barnstorming runs and impressive offloads, both of which laid the ground work for Saints’ first two tries.

Hooker – Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)

Controlled the Tigers’ attack with some smart reads and runs from dummy half. Also set up two tries from the boot, including a sublime banana kick for Greg Eden’s second.

Is starting to rekindle the form that made him hot property for Saints back in 2016. Hit great lines for both of his tries and is starting to build up a good partnership with George Williams down the left.

Second Row – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)

Another workmanlike performance for the Oz-bound forward. Gave his side’s attack momentum with four offloads as well as making six tackle busts.

Loose Forward – Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (St Helens)

One of Super League’s most underrated players. Was everywhere in attack and defence for Saints on Thursday, with his well-timed shot on Max Jowitt in the first half a particular highlight.

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