Super League Team of the Week: Wigan Warriors, St Helens and Hull FC dominate as Liam Watts gets nod

Well, the Easter Monday fixtures have now been completed with a number of exciting – if low on quality – games being witnessed.

Castleford Tigers took on Leeds Rhinos in the first televised game, live on Sky Sports, and both sides dished up a rather mediocre affair with the former finally beating the latter, 16-14.

Among those games not televised, St Helens were able to overcome a stubborn Huddersfield Giants even without talismanic halfback Lewis Dodd, whilst Hull KR just crept over the line against Toulouse Olympique, 28-24.

Wigan Warriors put 50 past a beleaguered Wakefield Trinity as Catalans Dragons thrashed Salford Red Devils at the AJ Bell Stadium, too.

That left just Hull FC and Warrington Wolves to do battle in a tense affair as the Black and Whites ran out 18-16 winners.

But, just who deserves a place in the Easter Monday Team of the Week?

1. Jai Field – Wigan Warriors

Who else but Jai Field? The Australian had Wakefield on a string in Wigan’s demolition, scoring two tries and carving Trinity up on numerous occasions.

2. Tommy Makinson – St Helens

The St Helens winger has been in brilliant form recently and he underlined that with another superb game against Huddersfield.

3. Konrad Hurrell – St Helens

If Tommy Makinson has been in good form for St Helens, then Konrad Hurrell must be commended for the way in which he has taken to Kristian Woolf’s side. And, Hurrell enjoyed yet another stellar display against Huddersfield.

4. Mark Percival – St Helens

It could have been a whole back line of St Helens stars, but Mark Percival has to be included for a brilliant performance against Huddersfield. The centre scored once and was a constant thorn in the Giants’ side.

5. Bevan French – Wigan Warriors

Named on the wing due to Jai Field’s incredible run of form, Bevan French scored two tries and was a constant thorn in Wakefield’s side all afternoon.

6. Mitchell Pearce – Catalans Dragons

The veteran halfback certainly made his presence felt against Salford with a two-try haul helping Catalans to a big win over the Red Devils. Pearce seems to be growing into the Super League with every passing fixture.

7. Harry Smith – Wigan Warriors

What a performance from the young man against Wakefield! Harry Smith notched one try and converted nine goals to take home a 22-point haul.

8. Liam Watts – Castleford Tigers

Again a powerhouse up front for the Tigers against Leeds, Liam Watts scored the decisive try that effectively ended the contest. His bulldozing runs were often too much for the Rhinos’ defence too.

9. Kruise Leeming – Leeds Rhinos

Named at hooker, Kruise Leeming had to play almost 80 minutes at halfback following the injury to Blake Austin and boy what a game he had. Leeds were two points away from Castleford in the end, but they looked a lot more dangerous with the Eswatini-born hooker in the halves.

10. Brad Fash – Hull FC

Hull FC’s Brad Fash may well have a tribunal hearing to attend about a possible bite, but that didn’t affect him whatsoever in the Black and Whites’ win over Warrington. The mulleted forward put in a Man of the Match performance.

11. Matty Storton – Hull KR

Tony Smith has built his Hull KR side around work horses and no one epitomises that more than Matty Storton. The former Bradford forward took his try exceptionally well and was impressive throughout against Toulouse.

12. Joe Batchelor – St Helens

Joe Batchelor has more than stepped up for St Helens since joining the club, making a name for himself as one of the most consistent forwards in the side. And, yesterday’s win over Huddersfield was no different with Batchelor even scoring a try.

13. Elliot Minchella – Hull KR

Yet another solid, workmanlike performance from Elliot Minchella as Hull KR just about got over the line against Toulouse Olympique.

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14. Danny Levi – Huddersfield Giants

Danny Levi was instrumental for Huddersfield in getting close to St Helens. Despite the result, the hooker was a real livewire.

15. Chris Satae – Hull FC

Hull FC are well known for their huge presence in the middle of the field and Chris Satae is an incredible facet of their pack. He proved just why he is so destructive with another brilliant performance.

16. Brad Singleton – Wigan Warriors

Although he started against Wakefield, performances elsewhere dictate Brad Singleton’s place on the bench. But, what a performance it was from the big Cumbrian who registered two tries and tore the Wakefield pack apart.

17. Sam Kasiano – Catalans Dragons

The rampaging prop had a marvellous game from the bench against Salford with the Red Devils forward pack unable to keep the man mountain under wraps.

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