From Catalans’ thrashing of Wigan to Leeds’ demolition of Castleford, round eight has been probably been the most bizarre weekend of the year. But, who makes the Team of the Week?
1. Richie Myler – Leeds Rhinos
Leeds absolutely destroyed Castleford on Friday night and at the heart of that was Richie Myler who tore the Tigers apart down their right-edge defence.
2. Ryan Hall – Hull KR
Ryan Hall crossed for yet another career hat-trick as Hull KR thrashed Leigh with ease on Sunday afternoon. The winger seems impossible to stop when coming out of defence, with at least three men having to stop him in his tracks as Leigh found out miserably.
3. Jack Welsby – St Helens
This young man continues to earn numerous plaudits for how much he has improved in the past season or two and he again showed his worth on Friday night. Welsby scored a hat-trick and was a constant thorn in the Hull side.
4. Toby King – Warrington Wolves
Fresh from signing a new deal, Toby King scored twice and caused Salford all sorts of problems on Thursday night. The centre is certainly playing himself into Shaun Wane’s England thinking.
5. Liam Kay – Wakefield Trinity
The winger scored two superb tries as Wakefield overcame Huddersfield with ease on Sunday afternoon. Liam Kay was also key in helping Trinity out of defence with some metre-eating runs.
6. Josh Drinkwater – Catalans Dragons
Yes, Josh Drinkwater is a number 7, but he cannot be left out of this side following his performance in the thrashing of Wigan on Saturday evening. He controlled proceedings, scored two tries and bewildered the Warriors defence on more than one occasion with his superb kicking game.
7. Gareth Widdop – Warrington Wolves
Warrington absolutely annihilated Salford on Thursday night and a lot of that was down to the efforts of Gareth Widdop who is running on fire at the moment. The halfback crossed twice and caused the Red Devils nightmares all night.
8. Alex Walmsley – St Helens
Against a huge Hull FC pack, one man stood up from the very start of the game and that was Alex Walmsley.
9. Kruise Leeming – Leeds Rhinos
Leeds’ dominance over Castleford was epitomised with their superb ruck speed and Kruise Leeming was at the heart of that, causing the Tigers havoc down the middle. The hooker also crossed for two well-deserved tries.
10. Matt Prior – Leeds Rhinos
Castleford couldn’t handle Leeds’ huge starting pack with Matt Prior the standout. Four times the Australian stole Castleford ball one-on-one in what was a fantastic display from the big prop.
11. Ben Hellewell – Leigh Centurions
Ben Hellewell was about the only shining light for Leigh on yet another miserable afternoon as Hull KR thrashed the Centurions on Sunday. The second-rower scored twice and was really the only player to cause Rovers all afternoon.
12. Kane Linnett – Hull KR
He’s been in great form all year round, but Kane Linnett took his performances to another level on Sunday afternoon. Not only did the Aussie score twice, but Linnett destroyed Leigh down their left-edge defence.
13. Morgan Knowles – St Helens
He’s only just returned from injury, but Morgan Knowles is showing Saints and the rest of the competition just what they’ve been missing. The loose-forward put in a big shift, crossing for a well-deserved try as the Lancashire club humbled Hull FC.
14. Arthur Mourgue – Catalans Dragons
The impressive young Frenchman provided Catalans with excellent spark off the bench.
15. Sam Kasiano – Catalans Dragons
Another Catalans man on the bench, this time in the shape of Sam Kasiano. The forward’s impact off the bench was memorable to say the least as he powered through the Wigan defence consistently.
16. Jez Litten – Hull KR
The livewire hooker came off the bench with devastating effect against Leigh. The Centurions just couldn’t live with Jez Litten’s speed around the ruck.
17. Agnatius Paasi – St Helens
The man mountain once more got Saints on the front foot when he came off the bench – he’s looking a superb buy.