Super League Team of the Week: Castleford Tigers, Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors dominate

Well, another round of Super League is done and dusted and what a weekend it was!

Starting on Friday night, Castleford Tigers were in an incredible defensive mood as they whipped top two hopefuls Huddersfield Giants in a 26-18 victory.

Fast forward to Saturday afternoon where Leeds Rhinos inflicted a quite brilliant 62-16 hammering of Hull FC on the Black and Whites’ own soil before Catalans Dragons sneaked past St Helens in one of the games of the Super League season live on Sky Sports.

Toulouse Olympique and Hull KR finished things off on Saturday night with the French club registering a superb 28-6 win over the East Yorkshire side.

Moving on to Sunday and Salford Red Devils managed a stunning comeback win over Warrington Wolves whose woes under Daryl Powell continue, whilst Wakefield Trinity were put to the sword in a fine performance from the Wigan Warriors who cut the gap to St Helens at the top of the Super League table to just two points.

But, who stood out from the weekend’s fixtures?

1. Bevan French – Wigan Warriors

Wow, wow and wow! Bevan French is one of the best players to have played in Super League since the creation of the summer game and his wonderful solo try in Wigan’s thrashing of Wakefield this afternoon proved just why. The fullback really is an incredible player.

2. Derrell Olpherts – Castleford Tigers

He has got some stick in recent weeks and months from Castleford fans, but Derrell Olpherts has been vital for the Tigers in getting out of defence and showed that again in the win over Huddersfield on Friday night.

3. Chris Hankinson – Toulouse Olympique

The Toulouse centre enjoyed a stellar game against Hull KR on Saturday night with six goals and a try taking his tally to 16 for the evening as the French side boosted their survival hopes.

4. Kai Pearce-Paul – Wigan Warriors

There’s no wonder clubs are circling Kai Pearce-Paul. On the evidence provided as Wigan took Wakefield to the cleaners, the young Londoner is headed for a huge future wherever that may be. Trinity couldn’t handle his physicality nor his offload.

5. Ash Handley – Leeds Rhinos

Ash Handley was in fine form for Leeds as they took on Hull FC on Saturday afternoon. Scoring five tries and being his devastating best out of defence, the Rhinos winger is knocking on Shaun Wane’s door for an England spot.

6. Jack Welsby – St Helens

This young man just keeps getting better and better. Despite being on the losing side against Catalans, Jack Welsby was instrumental in St Helens getting so close.

7. Danny Richardson – Castleford Tigers

What a performance from this man against Huddersfield on Friday night. Danny Richardson has been ravaged by injuries during his time at Castleford, but he notched a brilliant 40/20, numerous goals and superb in-play kicks to help the Tigers to victory.

8. Liam Byrne – Wigan Warriors

Liam Byrne carved Wakefield apart this afternoon down the middle with some bullocking runs. Trinity’s middle men simply could not live with the Wigan man.

9. Kruise Leeming – Leeds Rhinos

Becoming more and more influential to this Leeds outfit, Kruise Leeming was in sensational form against Hull FC on Saturday evening, scoring two tries and having a hand in everything Leeds did well.

10. Jack Ormondroyd – Salford Red Devils

What a stint from Jack Ormondroyd in Salford’s comeback win over Warrington. The prop forward scored twice and took in some almighty runs.

11. Liam Farrell – Wigan Warriors

This man just keeps getting better with age as Liam Farrell had some great joy down Wigan’s left edge in the victory over Wakefield.

12. Rhyse Martin – Leeds Rhinos

Registering nine conversions in the Rhinos’ demolition of Hull FC on Saturday, Rhyse Martin excelled in his preferred position of second-row.

13. Joe Westerman – Castleford Tigers

Arguably one of the buys of the season, Joe Westerman is loving life back at his hometown club and he showed his importance to this Castleford outfit on Friday night with a tremendous performance.


14. Chris Atkin – Salford Red Devils

Chris Atkin proved vital for Salford in their impressive win over Warrington this afternoon, doing some great things off the bench for Paul Rowley’s men.

15. Ethan Havard – Wigan Warriors

A great shift off the bench from Ethan Havard against Wakefield as Wigan proved too big and too strong.

16. James Harrison – Warrington Wolves

Another big shift by Warrington’s new hero. James Harrison is really enamouring himself to the Wire faithful with some huge runs in an impeccable stint.

17. Morgan Gannon – Leeds Rhinos

Morgan Gannon has a seriously bright future ahead of him in rugby league. The forward enjoyed a great run off the bench in Leeds’ demolition of Hull FC on Saturday.