Super League Team of the Week: 10 teams represented after superb weekend

What an Easter of rugby league we have had.

It all started on Thursday when Castleford Tigers hosted rivals Wakefield Trinity as the bottom two collided with just one win between them before the game.

The Tigers narrowly defeated the winless Wakefield to get the Easter weekend and the day after things got even better as we saw huge crowds in the Hull derby and the battle between Wigan Warriors and St Helens.

Hull KR ploughed through their biggest rivals in a 40-0 win at Hull FC’s expense before Wigan edged St Helens in an absolute classic.

Then in the sunshine, Leigh Leopards and Salford Red Devils produced an exciting clash with some great tries from both sides but the Red Devils had just a bit more.

Straight after it was over in France as the top two going into the weekend met in a thrilling affair when a Gil Dudson red card gave the league leaders Warrington Wolves some huge adversity to overcome against the Catalans Dragons but they did that with Josh Thewlis scoring the winner.

The action concluded with another close affair at Headingley when for the eighth time in the last 12 meetings between Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants the two were separated by less than a try as Leeds battled back from 12-0 down to win 18-17.

But who makes the team of the week?

Fullback: Bevan French (Wigan Warriors)
We always focus on French’s threat in attack and he was typically superb in that department starting sets with darting runs that made it tough for St Helens to pin the Warriors deep. However it was his try saving tackles that made the difference.

Wingers: Josh Charnley (Leigh Leopards) & Ryan Hall (Hull KR)
The two players chasing Danny McGuire’s all time Super League try scoring record scored five tries between them. Charnley scored a brace including an impossible try. Ryan Hall meanwhile scored a hat trick in the derby and notched an assist.

Centres: Toby King (Wigan Warriors) & Arthur Romano (Catalans Dragons)
King was the Man of the Match for Wigan as they defeated Saints. He took his try brilliantly and it was a deciding moment in the game. Meanwhile, Arthur Romano showed his class for the Dragons including a sensational try.

Halfbacks: Blake Austin (Leeds Rhinos) & Jordan Abdull (Hull KR)
a hat-trick of assists from Blake Austin as he proved the difference for Leeds against Huddersfield on Sunday. As for Jordan Abdull, he bombarded the Hull FC defence and caused endless problems. His passing game was on point as well.

Props: Tyler Dupree (Salford Red Devils) & Matty Lees (St Helens)
Dupree continued his brilliant form with a lovely try for the Red Devils and was all round superb. As for Lees, he continued to be brilliant for the Saints even in defeat coming up with a huge try saver.

Hooker: Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)
In a big game at the bottom of the league, the Tigers needed their star players to step up and skipper Paul McShane certainly did that with a try and assist.

Second-Rowers: Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) & Chris McQueen (Huddersfield Giants)
Chris McQueen continued to be brilliant even in defeat for the Giants. He notched two superb tries against the Rhinos. As for Ben Currie he was everywhere for the Wolves in a game where they needed all the effort they could muster.

Loose-Forward: Chris Atkin (Salford Red Devils)
Chris Atkin came on and gave Salford a little extra edge in the middle of the field. His touch of class in the Red Devils’ third try was sensational.

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