From Warrington’s thrashing of Castleford to Wigan’s narrow win over Salford, round seven has thrown up some great entertainment. But, which 17 stars deserve their place in the Team of the Week?
1. Arthur Mourgue – Catalans Dragons
In the absence of Sam Tomkins, Arthur Mourgue stepped up excellently to the plate, belying his youthful age of just 22 to take the game to St Helens. The fullback showed a number of nice touches and managed to deal with everything the visitors threw at him.
2. Jermaine McGillvary – Huddersfield Giants
Veteran winger Jermaine McGillvary made an impression against Leigh, crossing the whitewash once but providing some metre-eating runs coming out of defence.
3. Bill Tupou – Wakefield Trinity
Bill Tupou returned to action for Wakefield against Hull KR and boy did he produce the goods. The centre provided two wonderful assists and was a thorn in Rovers’ side all afternoon.
4. Toby King – Warrington Wolves
Warrington absolutely demolished Castleford down the Tigers’ right-edge defence and that was largely down to the efforts of Toby King who had one of his best games to date. He crossed twice, but it was his overall work ethic and ability to push past defenders that made the centre catch the eye.
5. Adam Swift – Hull FC
The winger has excelled in 2021 so far and this game was no different. Swift scored twice, but made a telling contribution going forward out of defence.
6. Jackson Hastings – Wigan Warriors
Wigan faltered in their victory over Salford, but Jackson Hastings stood up when the Warriors needed him most. The halfback slotted home a one-pointer to maintain Wigan’s 100% league record.
7. Gareth Widdop – Warrington Wolves
It was perhaps Widdop’s best game in a Warrington shirt to date. Scoring a hat-trick as well as setting up a number of other efforts, the halfback had the Tigers on a string throughout the game and didn’t do his England credentials any harm whatsoever.
8. Brad Singleton – Wigan Warriors
The Wigan prop crossed twice and had a phenomenal game up front for the Warriors when they needed it most.
9. Danny Houghton – Hull FC
When Hull FC needed their defence to stand up and be counted, the one man they can always rely on is Danny Houghton. The hooker was in tremendous form, tackling anything that came his way as well as making a few breaks around the ruck.
10. Kelepi Tanginoa – Wakefield Trinity
Named at prop, despite carrying number 11 on his back, Kelepi Tanginoa proved just why he is thought of so highly at the Mobile Rocket Stadium. Some barnstorming runs and massive hits in defence had the Trinity crowd on their feet as Hull KR were put to the sword.
11. Kenny Edwards – Huddersfield Giants
Kenny Edwards once more produced the goods for Huddersfield, causing Leigh havoc down the Giants’ left-hand side with a number of excellent runs. He also didn’t miss in defence.
12. Mike McMeeken – Catalans Dragons
Mike McMeeken has featured in this list multiple times already in 2021 after making the move to the south of France. And, the towering second-rower had yet another stellar game as the Dragons overcame St Helens to inflict the latter’s first defeat of the season.
13. Joe Westerman – Wakefield Trinity
He has been playing out of his skin for Wakefield all year and he once more enjoyed a brilliant performance, putting Trinity on the front foot for most of the game.
14. Jez Litten – Hull KR
When Hull KR needed some much-needed spark against Wakefield, Jez Litten was the man they looked for. Coming off the bench, the livewire hooker single-handedly got KR back in the game.
15. Joe Bullock – Wigan Warriors
The flame-haired enforcer certainly made his mark felt when he came off the bench as Wigan just about crawled home against Salford.
16. Matt Davis – Warrington Wolves
The forward made a great impact as a substitute when he was introduced in Warrington’s thrashing of Castleford.
17. Brad Dwyer – Leeds Rhinos
The hooker arguably changed Leeds’ fortunes when he came off the bench, offering a different dimension to Kruise Leeming.