This weekend’s Super League action started on Thursday night on Sky Sports in the Battle of the Borough.
It was the perfect precursor to next weeks Rivals Round as Leigh Leopards hosted Wigan Warriors in what felt like a major event.
The Warriors came away with the win thanks to a Bevan French masterclass.
Speaking of a masterclass, that is exactly what we saw from Jordan Abdull on Friday night as he kicked Leeds Rhinos to death on Friday night in the rain as Hull KR made it four wins from the opening seven games.
Elsewhere on Friday night, St Helens added to Wakefield Trinity’s misery. For the fourth time this season Wakefield failed to register a point as they lost 38-0.
On Saturday, Hull FC’s losing run extended to five games as they were blown away in the first half by league leaders Warrington Wolves 34-6.
Catalans Dragons though kept the pressure up on the Wolves at the top winning late against Castleford Tigers thanks to a Mike McMeeken try against his former club who produced a valiant effort and were unlucky to lose.
The action concluded on Sunday as Huddersfield Giants defeated Salford Red Devils away in an impressive encounter.
Fullback: Bevan French (Wigan Warriors)
Back at fullback, Bevan French showed why it’s his best position. He was at the hub of everything good for the Warriors against Leigh scoring a lovely try and notching some outstanding assists.
Wingers: Abbas Miski (Wigan Warriors) & Louis Senior (Hull KR)
A brace back in the side, Abbas Miski made it so Wigan didn’t miss Liam Marshall at all. As for Louis Senior, on a nightmare day for wingers and fullbacks he and his teammates were almost faultless. He also notched a try too.
Centres: Konrad Hurrell (St Helens) & Kevin Naiqama (Huddersfield Giants)
Two well taken tries for Konrad Hurrell reminded the league yet again that he is one of the most dangerous players in Super League. Meanwhile, former Saint Kevin Naiqama notched two vital assists against Salford making two brilliant breaks.
Halfbacks: George Williams (Warrington Wolves) & Jordan Abdull (Hull KR)
I want to pay credit to Jack Broadbent and Harry Smith both of whom were outstanding but you can’t look behind the Man of Steel leaders. Jordan Abdull was sensational against Leeds kicking the Rhinos to death. Meanwhile, George Williams was typically special for Warrington as they defeated Hull FC.
Props: Paul Vaughan (Warrington Wolves) & Owen Trout (Huddersfield Giants)
Yet another brilliant display from Paul Vaughan. His brilliance was summed up by the offload he produced which led to Peter Mata’utia’s try. Meanwhile, Owen Trout made a real difference against Salford scoring a brace off the bench.
Hooker: Danny Walker (Warrington Wolves)
On a day when the Wolves were without Daryl Clark, Danny Walker stepped up with an accomplished display that helped the Wolves knit everything together.
Second-Rowers: Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves) & Chris McQueen (Huddersfield Giants)
Ben Currie is looking like his old self as the Wolves start the season brilliantly. He claimed a lovely try against Hull FC. Chris McQueen meanwhile notched a try of his own as well as producing a vital intercept early in the game to give Huddersfield an early 8-0 lead.
Loose-Forward: Peter Mata’utia (Warrington Wolves)
Playing out of position, Mata’utia’s skill factor gave Warrington that extra skill factor in the middle of the field. He took his try very well too.