Super 8’s Team of the Week: Round 5

Fullback – Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves)

Took charge of the Wolves’ attack in the absence of Roberts and Brown but struggled without them. Scored a good try after combining with Dec Patton and also made Warrington’s most metres with 118.

Wing – Dom Manfredi (Wigan Warriors)

Scored two brilliant tries on his return after over two years out of the game with injury. Also worked hard in general play, making four tackle busts and a clean break.

Centre – Mark Percival (St Helens)

A typically classy performance from the England international. Finished his two tries superbly, as well as making 203 metres from 19 carries and 10 tackle busts.

Centre – Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors)

Didn’t get on the scoresheet but worked hard for the cause, making five runs from dummy half to get his side out of danger. Also made four tackle busts and a clean break.

Wing – Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity)

Scored a superb hat-trick to make him Super League’s joint-top try scorer with 24. His spectacular diving finish in the left corner for his second try was particularly special. Also made the game’s most tackle busts with seven.

Stand-off – George Williams (Wigan Warriors)

Guided his side all over the park and was a constant threat with the ball. Made the most metres on the night with 171, as well as the most tackle busts with six.

Scrum-half – Jake Trueman (Castleford Tigers)

Continues to show a level of maturity way ahead of his years. Controlled the game from start to finish, manipulating the Giants’ defence with his dynamic running and sublime kicking game.

Prop – Luke Thompson (St Helens)

Led from the front and almost single-handedly won the forward battle. Took plenty of strong carries, making 198 metres, and had the highest average gain with 14.14m per carry.

Hooker – Sam Powell (Wigan Warriors)

Put in an unbelievable shift at hooker, especially in defence. Made a massive 56 tackles, including 14 from marker and was at the heart of almost all the Warriors’ attacks.

Prop – Masimbaashe Matongo (Hull FC)

Was a standout performer in an otherwise weak Hull side. Put in a huge effort all game, making 31 tackles and three tackle busts.

Second Row – Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers)

Had a huge influence on the Tigers’ right edge.  Scored a strong try and kept his side’s attack alive by coming up with five offloads.

Second Row – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)

Wigan’s best forward by far. Led the stats charts for offloads (four) and carries (23), as well as making three tackle busts.

Loose Forward – Junior Moors (Castleford Tigers)

Had a huge impact from the first minute. Showed great strength for his first try and ran a brilliant line for the second, as well as topping the metres stats with 206.

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