Round six of Super League is done and dusted, but just who makes the Team of the Week?
1. Bevan French – Wigan Warriors
After being cast out to the wing in the past few weeks because of Zak Hardaker’s form, Bevan French was back at fullback for Wigan’s visit to Leigh. And, the Australian wowed. French was the best player on the pitch and it was his inspired display that turned the game in Wigan’s favour.
2. Tom Davies – Catalans Dragons
He’s one of the most in-form wingers in the game at present and Tom Davies demonstrated just why in Catalans’ surprise victory over Hull FC. The ex-Wigan man crossed twice and impressed throughout with some stellar runs out of defence. A possible outside shot for an England spot?
3. Jake Wardle – Huddersfield Giants
Huddersfield’s Jake Wardle was in impressive form as the Giants overcame Warrington in a tremendous performance. The centre had opposite number Jake Mamo on toast for much of the game, showing some nice touches with the ball in the process.
4. Jack Welsby – St Helens
This young man continues to wow wherever he plays, but it was at centre where he deputised for Mark Percival in St Helens’ victory over Salford. Welsby helped Saints keep the Red Devils out with some courageous scrambling defence as well as some scintillating play going forward.
5. Ryan Hall – Hull KR
Ryan Hall always seems to play well against Castleford and the two side’s fixture was no different on Monday night. The winger crossed the line and put in some great shifts going forward to help Hull KR get on the front foot.
6. James Maloney – Catalans Dragons
Despite being sinbinned, James Maloney trounced opposite number Josh Reynolds in triumphant fashion against Hull FC. Maloney had a hand in almost every Catalans try as well as kicking four goals and one important drop-goal, but it was his overall command of the play that was most impressive.
7. Jordan Abdull – Hull KR
Some Castleford fan complained that Jordan Abdull looked more like Nathan Cleary in KR’s 26-22 win over the Tigers which was testament to the impact that the halfback had on proceedings. Abdull controlled the game throughout so it was just fitting that he won the game with a very late try.
8. Brad Singleton – Wigan Warriors
When the going got tough for Wigan against Leigh, they needed their more experienced players to step up and Brad Singleton certainly did just that. It was an inspired display from the former Leeds prop and he helped the Warriors claw their way back into proceedings after falling behind early on.
9. Matt Parcell – Hull KR
Hull KR’s distribution for Jordan Abdull to get early ball in their victory over Castleford was largely down to the performance of Matt Parcell around the ruck area. A lot of ducking and weaving was the name of Parcell’s game and the hooker was able to shift the play quickly to both sides for the men out wide to do the damage.
10. Matt Prior – Leeds Rhinos
Leeds need to keep hold of Matt Prior at all costs; he may be coming to the end of his career, but he is invaluable to this Rhinos side. The Australian will run his blood to water for his West Yorkshire club and still looks like a spring chicken out there on the field, as he did so against Wakefield.
11. Kenny Edwards – Huddersfield Giants
Perhaps one of his best games in a Huddersfield shirt, Kenny Edwards was ever bit the entertainer against Warrington. The controversial figure scored once and terrorised the Wolves’ defence in an accomplished display that earned him the man-of-the-match.
12. Rhyse Martin – Leeds Rhinos
Eight of Leeds’ 15 points against Wakefield were scored by Rhyse Martin on Friday night as the second-rower showed just why he is a great asset to this Leeds side. Scoring a well-taken try, Martin looked back to his best amidst rumours of a move away.
13. Joe Westerman – Wakefield Trinity
Easily Wakefield’s best performer in 2021 so far, Joe Westerman put in another man-of-the-match display, albeit in vain against Leeds. The loose-forward was at the heart of everything that Trinity did well and looks far too good for this struggling Wakefield side.
14. Mitch Clark – Wigan Warriors
He hasn’t played all year, but boy did Mitch Clark take his chance when called upon by Adrian Lam. The prop made some devastating runs and effectively changed the game when he came off the bench.
15. Sam Kasiano – Catalans Dragons
The man mountain took the game to the big forwards of Hull FC and more often than not won the collision – which is no mean feat.
16. Agnatius Paasi – St Helens
Agnatius Paasi has been a really shrewd buy by St Helens and has made numerous appearances in the Team of the Week so far this season. And, he was at his devastating best against Salford once more.
17. Morgan Gannon – Leeds Rhinos
It was a real baptism of fire for Leeds’ Morgan Gannon who mixed it with Wakefield’s big boys in a great second-half stint.