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Super League Team of the Week: Some surprise named included as depth of quality shines

As we head into a week off due to England’s meeting with France on Saturday, Round 10 of the Betfred Super League has concluded.

It started with a huge game as Super League and World Champions St Helens hosted the League Leaders Warrington Wolves.

A brilliant start from the Saints left them 16-0 ahead before a Warrington onslaught hit them. Some how the Saints were able to restrict the Wolves to just six points and in the second half tries from Jon Bennison and Tee Ritson killed off the threat.

On Friday night Hull KR weren’t at their best but tries from Corey Hall and Matt Parcell were enough to down a gutsy Castleford Tigers side in Andy Last’s first game in charge as permanent head coach.

Elsewhere on Friday night, Leeds Rhinos were blown away by Leigh Leopards in the first 20 minutes as Leigh took a 16-0 lead. That did the damage in a 20-6 win.

On Sunday, Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons served up a thrilling affair which looked to be heading to golden point when Adam Keighran scored late however he missed the attempt to level matters with the boot.

Wigan Warriors went top of the league with a 22-6 win over Wakefield Trinity with the damage done in the first half. Trinity remain winless.

Hull FC now have six points between them and Trinity at the bottom as they snapped a seven game losing streak to shock Huddersfield Giants as Liam Sutcliffe and Jake Clifford starred.

Fullback: Bevan French (Wigan Warriors)
Bevan French was the creative spark that won the game against Wakefield Trinity as he scored his 100th career try and created the opener for Liam Marshall.

Wingers: Tee Ritson (St Helens) & Jon Bennison (St Helens)
Perhaps neither Ritson nor Bennison are Saints’ first choice wingers, with Will Hopoate and Tommy Makinson given the nod when everyone is fit. However, they both shone with two well taken tries, Bennison’s was one of the best of the week, and Ritson produced a key try saver on Matty Ashton early on.

Centres: Liam Sutcliffe (Hull FC) & Corey Hall (Hull KR)
Two tries for Liam Sutcliffe were key in getting the Black and Whites their first win since Round Two. Meanwhile, another former Leeds Rhinos centre scored a vital try as Hull KR beat Castleford Tigers. He was unlucky not to score more.

Halfbacks: Jake Clifford (Hull FC) & Jonny Lomax (St Helens)
Jake Clifford was the mastermind today as the Black and Whites beat Huddersfield Giants and was involved in every key moment. That is true of Lomax every week and especially this week as he scored a lovely try.

Props: Chris Satae (Hull FC) & Matty Lees (St Helens)
A rampant try at the start of the second half from Chris Satae set the Black and Whites on their way to victory. Meanwhile, Matty Lees allowed Saints to dominate the middle in a game where he was joined by a lot of inexperience.

Hooker: Edwin Ipape (Leigh Leopards)
Edwin Ipape scored two tries in Leigh’s fast start against the Rhinos as he ran riot in the first quarter. The Leopards led 16-0 after 19 minutes with Ipape key.

Second-Rowers: Kai O’Donnell (Leigh Leopards) & Sam Royale (St Helens)
Kai O’Donnell was also key to Leigh’s fast start causing Leeds endless problems and being involved in almost everything. Sam Royale meanwhile did not look out of place as he stepped up for Saints.

Loose-Forward: John Asiata (Leigh Leopards)
Another Leigh player who stood up in a big win for the club. He stretched the Rhinos and was, like O’Donnell, at the heart of everything.

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