Super League Team of the Week: Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos and St Helens dominate

Well, that’s another weekend of Super League action done and dusted and what a weekend it was!

First, Leeds Rhinos absolutely flattened the Wigan Warriors on Thursday night in a 42-12 demolition which took almost everyone by surprise before Castleford Tigers smashed Hull FC in a 46-18 drubbing.

The second game on Friday night saw Warrington Wolves once more lost under Daryl Powell as the Cheshire club went down 30-22 to Hull KR at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

There was jubilation in the stands at the Stade Gilbert Brutus as Catalans Dragons managed a 13-12 win over Huddersfield Giants courtesy of a last minute drop goal from Sam Tomkins on Saturday afternoon, whilst Salford Red Devils kept up their remarkable run of form with a hard-fought 24-11 victory away at Toulouse Olympique.

Only one game was scheduled for Sunday with St Helens expected to go to Wakefield Trinity and win handsomely. However, the West Yorkshire side had other ideas and pushed the reigning champions all the way as Saints had to rely on Jack Welsby to slot over the winning drop goal in golden point.

But, just which Super League stars made it into the Team of the Week?

1. Greg Eden – Castleford Tigers

On the back of a new deal, Greg Eden has been in inspiring form and his incredible try-assists in Castleford’s big win over Hull FC was evidence of that. Moved to fullback and then halfback, Eden has taken it all in his stride to become one of the Tigers’ most potent attacking weapons.

2. Joe Burgess – Salford Red Devils

An incredible performance from one of the most in-form wingers in Super League away at Toulouse last night! Two well-taken tries and two brilliant try-saving tackles ensures Joe Burgess’ name on this list.

3. Harry Newman – Leeds Rhinos

Welcome back Harry Newman! The centre had been sat out for the past three games due to suspension but came back with a bang against Wigan on Thursday night, scoring a try and making some huge runs.

4. Konrad Hurrell – St Helens

Konrad Hurrell enjoyed a brilliant game against Wakefield on Sunday afternoon and was arguably the pick of the St Helens’ backs.

5. Derrell Olpherts – Castleford Tigers

What another performance from Derrell Olpherts! Four tries against Hull FC and some incredible busting runs out of defence makes his inclusion in the Team of the Week easy.

6. Richie Myler – Leeds Rhinos

Leeds were on fire on Thursday night against Wigan and a lot of it was down to the distribution of Richie Myler who excelled in the halfback position.

7. Danny Richardson – Castleford Tigers

Danny Richardson seems to be growing in confidence with each passing game and his excellent performance against Hull FC on Friday night showed just what can happen when a coach believes in you.

8. George King – Hull KR

Hull KR has desperately needed firepower up front in recent weeks and with George King back they certainly got that. The forward as in irrepressible form against Warrington on Friday night.

9. Andy Ackers – Salford Red Devils

What a shrewd buy Andy Ackers is proving to be for the Salford Red Devils. The hooker again impressed away at Toulouse last night.

10. Tinirau Arona – Wakefield Trinity

Wakefield went down narrowly to St Helens this afternoon and a lot of Trinity’s good play was down to the platform laid by the forwards in the shape of Tinirau Arona.

11. Chris McQueen – Huddersfield Giants

Time and time again Chris McQueen impresses for Huddersfield. And, in the 13-12 loss to Catalans on Saturday night, the second-rower scored one and set another up as Huddersfield just fell short.

12. Rhyse Martin – Leeds Rhinos

Another accomplished display from Rhyse Martin who converted all seven of Leeds’ tries against Wigan on Thursday. Add into that some real pieces of skill and Martin just cannot be left out.

13. Kelepi Tanginoa – Wakefield Trinity

A player that shouldn’t have been on the losing side this afternoon as Wakefield went down to Saints in golden point. Kelepi Tanginoa was monstrous in defence and made numerous yards in the channels.

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14. Jack Welsby – St Helens

He stepped up when St Helens needed it most against Wakefield, supplying the winning drop goal.

15. Suaia Matagi – Castleford Tigers

He’s had a bit of an off season so far Suaia Matagi, but he was in brilliant form against Hull FC on Friday night, taking in some huge runs and even scoring a try.

16. James Bell – St Helens

Saints’ 13-12 win over Wakefield today was rather bizarre; for the first time in a long while, Saints failed to get over their opponents’ pack and Kristian Woolf’s men had to rely on the likes of James Bell’s impact off the bench to get going.

17. Jarrod O’Connor – Leeds Rhinos

Called up by Rohan Smith in the absence of Kruise Leeming and Corey Johnson, Jarrod O’Connor filled in admirably for Leeds on Thursday night.

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