Eleven of the 12 Super League teams took to the field over the weekend with five all Super League clashes.
Here’s the players who stood out over the weekend.
Fullback: Jai Field (Wigan Warriors)
We got to see Jai Field and Bevan French for the first time in 2023 over the weekend and the two were typically destructive scoring sensation tries and linking well together. Field notched a try and assist whilst French scored twice. He, like Hull KR’s Ryan Hall, was unlucky to miss out.
Wingers: Adam Swift (Hull FC) & Bureta Faraimo (Castleford Tigers)
Two hat-trick heroes over the weekend, both showed what they are capable of going into the new season in terms of try scoring prowess. Both were alongside in form centres too.
Centres: Liam Sutcliffe (Hull FC) & Mahe Fonua (Castleford Tigers)
On his debut for the Black and Whites, Liam Sutcliffe was outstanding with a try and two assists as he proved to be a superb threat on the edge. Meanwhile, former Hull FC man Mahe Fonua scored twice.
Halfbacks: Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers) & Jordan Abdull (Hull KR)
Speaking of scoring twice, Paul McShane playing in the halves for the Tigers in Jacob Miller’s absence bagged a brace. For Hull KR, Jordan Abdull was at the hub of everything good from the Robins against Leeds Rhinos including a top assist.
Props: Chris Satae (Hull FC) & Albert Vete (Castleford Tigers)
Chris Satae started the game brilliantly with a try as he and Scott Taylor linked together brilliantly and Taylor is unlucky to miss out. Former Hull KR man Albert Vete got himself a try for the Tigers elsewhere as he impressed on his home debut.
Hooker: Joe Lovodua (Hull FC)
A lively substitute as he made things worse for Wakefield Trinity in the second half. He came on and created a try with a brilliant run as well as scoring a brilliant solo try with a grubber kick.
Second-Rowers: Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan Warriors) & Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves)
Kai Pearce-Paul only has a year left in Super League but he showed what he can bring in 2023 before he moves to the NRL with a lovely try. Ben Currie did the same as he scored in his testimonial for Warrington.
Loose-Forward: Brad Fash (Hull FC)
Hull FC’s number 13 carried on his top form notching an assist and tying things together in the middle of the field.