Super League Team of the Week: Hull FC, St Helens and Leeds Rhinos dominate

Well, that’s another weekend of Super League fixtures done and dusted and what a rollercoaster it has been.

Wakefield Trinity and Huddersfield Giants kicked things off on Thursday night with a less-than impressive clash as the Giants ran out 14-12 winners.

Four games took place on Friday night with Catalans Dragons thrashing Castleford Tigers at the Stade Gilbert Brutus and Wigan Warriors putting Warrington Wolves to the sword with ease at the Halliwell Jones.

St Helens just about scraped over the line against a stubborn Salford Red Devils side, but Hull KR were held scoreless at Headingley where Leeds Rhinos won their second Super League game in a row.

Hull FC and Toulouse Olympique rounded the weekend off with the Black and Whites emphatically thrashing the French side, 48-12.

But, just which players deserve a place in the Team of the Week?

1. Arthur Mourgue – Catalans Dragons

In the absence of Sam Tomkins, Arthur Mourgue has more than stepped up to the plate and he was in inspiring form as Catalans put Castleford to the sword with ease.

2. Lewis Murphy – Wakefield Trinity

He had a disastrous game against Leeds Rhinos earlier in the season, but since then he has improved drastically. And, Wakefield’s fixture against Huddersfield was no different with Lewis Murphy scoring a brilliant try and showing his worth with some big runs out of defence.

3. Mathieu Laguerre – Catalans Dragons

The young Frenchman scored a hat-trick against Castleford and looks every bit the accomplished centre at the highest level. Even though both Dean Whare and Samisoni Langi are injured, Laguerre will certainly do the trick.

4. Connor Wynne – Hull FC

Connor Wynne has been seriously impressive for Hull in 2022 and he he underlined his increasing importance to this Hull FC side with a hat-trick against newly-promoted Toulouse. Josh Griffin will have a hard time displacing Wynne on performances like these.

5. Darnell McIntosh – Hull FC

He’s had a tough start to life in East Yorkshire, but Darnell McIntosh was in superb form on Saturday afternoon as Hull FC put Toulouse to the sword in emphatic fashion. McIntosh registered a hat-trick with one acrobatic effort.

6. Tyrone May – Catalans Dragons

He has been failed to make a big impact so far since making the move from Penrith Panthers in the off-season, but stamped his authority against Castleford with a number of tries and some great play.

7. Theo Fages – Huddersfield Giants

Close run thing with Harry Smith for Wigan, but Theo Fages just about got Huddersfield over the line against Wakefield. The diminutive number 7 took the game by the scruff of the neck and led from the front.

8. Oliver Wilson – Huddersfield Giants

What a brilliant performance from the young man! Oliver Wilson took the game to Wakefield down the middle and was emphatic in his carries. Wilson is getting better with every passing game.

9. Brad Dwyer – Leeds Rhinos

Given the nod at hooker with Kruise Leeming in the halves, Brad Dwyer made countless breaks for Leeds in their hard-fought win over Hull KR. Out of contract at the end of the year, surely the Rhinos will keep him on.

10. Kane Evans – Hull FC

Another new Hull signing that has struggled so far in 2022, this time Kane Evans had a very strong game for FC against Toulouse on Saturday afternoon. The Fijian international registered a try and made some big runs.

11. Liam Farrell – Wigan Warriors

Just how good is this man? Liam Farrell delivers in every game he plays and is one of the first names on the teamsheet. He scored a superb try before half-time against Warrington.

12. Joe Batchelor – St Helens

Again another brilliant performance from Joe Batchelor who seems to be growing in confidence with every passing game. Kristian Woolf has so much confidence in this second-rower and you can see why.

13. Cameron Smith – Leeds Rhinos

When Leeds Rhinos needed their men to stand up tall against a resurgent Hull KR side, Cameron Smith did just that with a seriously impressive display.

Substitutes

14. Joey Lussick – St Helens

When St Helens needed that spark off the bench against Salford, Joey Lussick provided it with some sniping runs from dummy-half and a neat kick that created Jack Welsby’s try.

15. Patrick Mago – Wigan Warriors

Patrick Mago started on the bench and had a huge impact against Warrington, sending out three offloads – one of them which ended with Liam Farrell getting over the tryline.

16. Denive Balmforth – Hull FC

Given his debut by Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson, Denive Balmforth scored within a minute of coming off the bench and put in a big show to give Hodgson some selection headaches in the next few weeks.

17. Agnatius Paasi – St Helens

It seems to be a recurring theme to have Agnatius Paasi in this team, but his bulldozing runs have become part and parcel of the St Helens team and he was key in their narrow win over Salford.

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