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Super League Super 8s Team of the Week: Round 2

Wakefield Trinity 30-10 Catalans Dragons

Full-back – Zak Hardaker (Castleford Tigers)

He has been one of the most consistent performers in the Super League this year and once again delivered a superb individual display. Hardaker scored a brace and also claimed an assist as he helped the Tigers see off the Salford Red Devils.

Wing – Jy Hitchcox (Castleford Tigers)

Hitchcox has been more than an able deputy for the injured Greg Eden and made another telling contribution for the Tigers against Salford. The winger scored a try and also turned provider with an assist.

Centre – Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors)

In a hard-fought win for the Warriors under difficult conditions, Gelling was one of the players who caught the eye. He scored an important try to get his side back in the game and completed 17 tackles in a strong defensive performance.

Centre – Joe Arundel (Wakefield Trinity)

His early try set the tone for a dominant display from Wakefield as they took the Leeds Rhinos apart. Arundel gave everything for the cause and completed 22 tackles in a big win for Trinity.

Wing – Manu Vatuvei (Salford Red Devils)

‘The Beast’ once again made his presence felt, scoring a try and also had one disallowed in the defeat to Castleford. If Vatuvei can build on his impressive start for Salford, he will have proved to be a very shrewd signing.

Stand-off – Jacob Miller (Wakefield Trinity)

Enjoyed a dream comeback from a broken leg as he helped inspire Trinity to an impressive victory over the Leeds Rhinos. He got himself on the try scoring list and also claimed an assist.

Scrum-half –  Marc Sneyd (Hull FC)

His contribution was the difference between Hull and St Helens in a game that lacked real quality. On the rain-soaked pitch, Sneyd held his nerve to land a 50-metre penalty to help his side bag the points.

Prop – Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos)

One of the players that the Rhinos can rely on week in week out. He scored a try, provided five offloads and completed 41 tackles. Unfortunately for Cuthbertson, his efforts weren’t rewarded as Wakefield proved to be too strong for the Rhinos.

Hooker – Kyle Wood (Wakefield Trinity)

Paul McShane was once again outstanding for Castleford but Wood gets the vote this week. He delivered one of his strongest performances to date for Trinity, scoring a try and assisting another. Wood fully deserved his man of the match award.

Prop – Jesse Sene-Lefao (Castleford Tigers)

As always, Sene-Lefao was a driving force for the Tigers, gaining an impressive 149 meters as well as completing 22 tackles. He has been one of Castleford’s strongest performers this year and a key figure behind their rise in fortunes.

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Second-row – Matty Ashurst (Wakefield Trinity)

Continues to impress for Trinity. Ashurst once again played an important role, scoring a try and also grabbed an assist to help his side see off the Leeds Rhinos.

Second-row – Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)

Delivered a big performance to help Wigan stay in the hunt for a top-four finish as they beat Huddersfield 18-4 at the DW Stadium. Farrell scored a try and put in a strong defensive shift with 41 tackles completed.

Loose-forward – Tinirau Arona (Wakefield Trinity)

In a superb team display from Wakefield, Arona was certainly one of those who caught the eye. He produced a very strong all-round display, making life difficult for the Rhinos and helped to drive Trinity forward.

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