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Super League Team of the Week: Castleford, Hull FC, Wigan & Wakefield Trinity dominate

Well another week of Super League is done and dusted and what a weekend of rugby it has been.

Wigan Warriors kicked off the weekend with victory over Castleford Tigers on Thursday night before Salford Red Devils overcame a stuttering Leeds Rhinos to post their third win of the season.

Hull KR narrowly went down to Catalans Dragons on Friday night too, before Wakefield Trinity sprung the surprise of the weekend, posting a big score on Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

That paved the way for a shock result in the south of France on Saturday night as St Helens became the first victims of Toulouse Olympique in an incredible 22-20 win for the French side.

Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants rounded things off this afternoon as the Black and Whites produced a stellar effort to win 14-6.

1. Jai Field – Wigan Warriors

Jai Field probably rescued Wigan on a number of occasions on Thursday night, scoring a superb solo effort and providing a great assist for a Liam Farrell try. The Warriors didn’t excel against Castleford by any stretch of the imagination, but Field was able to stamp his authority well and truly on the game.

2. Joe Burgess – Salford Red Devils

His head coach, Paul Rowley, said after the win over Leeds Rhinos, that Joe Burgess was ready for an England call-up. Chosen at number 2 due to the performance of Greg Eden in Castleford’s loss to Wigan, Burgess was in extremely good form and got Salford on the front foot with some big runs out of defence.

3. Chris Hankinson – Toulouse Olympique

With Toulouse enjoying a shock win over St Helens, Chris Hankinson was at the forefront of that success, scoring a try and kicking three goals in a ten-point haul.

4. Tim Lafai – Salford Red Devils

Tim Lafai appears to have settled in seamlessly to the Salford Red Devils side and he produced yet another stellar performance to help the Manchester club get over the line against a demoralised Leeds. Time and again he beat his opposite number Jack Broadbent and proved too strong to handle on numerous occasions.

5. Greg Eden – Castleford Tigers

His third appearance of the season and his third place in the Super League Team of the Week. Greg Eden scored one through sheer pace and was a constant thorn in Wigan’s side all night even after shifting to his unorthodox position of fullback. Raps must certainly go to Eden who still shows electric pace after a number of hamstring problems.

6. Tony Gigot – Toulouse Olympique

What a game, what a result! Toulouse shocked the rugby league world with victory over St Helens and this man Tony Gigot was in irrepressible form.

7. Mason Lino – Wakefield Trinity

What a performance! Mason Lino carved Warrington up throughout Trinity’s emphatic 38-22 win on Saturday lunchtime, scoring once and making a couple of breaks. Put it this way, Lino more than dominated his opposite number George Williams to help Wakefield to victory.

8. Chris Satae – Hull FC

He really is Hull FC’s best forward by some distance and Chris Satae underlined just why he is so highly thought of in East Yorkshire with a barnstorming performance. Huddersfield Giants couldn’t live with the hulking Tongan as he ripped them apart through the middle.

9. Liam Hood – Wakefield Trinity

When Wakefield were under the pump against Warrington, they had to rely on Liam Hood to get them out of a hole with a superb individual try. The hooker was a constant thorn in the Warrington side and constantly get his Trinity side on the front foot.

10. Justin Sangare – Toulouse Olympique

To cope with the huge St Helens pack takes some doing, but Justin Sangare led from the front in a truly brilliant performance. There’s no wonder that the big French prop was attracting attention from other Super League sides before the 2022 season kicked off.

11. Matty Ashurst – Wakefield Trinity

What an occasion to have our 150th Wakefield appearance! Matty Ashurst led from the front on Saturday afternoon as Trinity shocked Warrington. The second-rower scored once and was a tough presence out wide to deal with in both defence and attack.

12. Liam Farrell – Wigan Warriors

Another game, another brilliant Liam Farrell performance. He must be the most underrated player in Super League, but the Wigan fans know just how integral Farrell is to their set-up. The flame-haired enforcer scored twice and defended masterfully out wide to help the Warriors to victory over Castleford.

13. Joe Westerman – Castleford Tigers

It seems a constant fixture that whenever Castleford look threatening, it’s down to the ball-playing and running ability of Joe Westerman. He split Wigan apart on two occasions on Thursday night and led from the front as the Tigers came close to victory.

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14. Jordan Lane – Hull FC

In his first performance since coming back from injury, Jordan Lane looked like he’d never been away for Hull FC in their narrow win over Huddersfield this afternoon. With some big runs and big defensive reads, Lane was an important asset off the bench.

15. King Vuniyayawa – Salford Red Devils

Let go by Leeds at the end of 2021, King Vuniyayawa certainly made his presence felt for his new side Salford, making a mountain of metres and devastating the Rhinos down the middle.

16. Oliver Partington – Wigan Warriors

The game swung when Oliver Partington came off the bench for Wigan against Castleford. He put the Tigers forwards on their backs a number of times and took some big carries forwards to get his Warriors side on the front foot. A great knock.

17. Brad Fash – Hull FC

Underrated by most except his head coach Brett Hodgson, Brad Fash proved just how important he is to the Hull FC outfit with some big minutes off the bench against Hudderfield.

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