We’ve had four rounds of Super League already and it’s shaping up to be an interesting season.
With Wigan, St Helens and Hull FC unbeaten so far, and Huddersfield, Leigh and Wakefield still without a win, the gulf between the top and the bottom seems to be getting greater.
But, just which five Super League players are the most in-form at present?
Zak Hardaker – Wigan Warriors
The Wigan man has sent out a massive statement in the early rounds of 2021, replacing Bevan French at fullback with the latter out injured and performing superbly. Hardaker’s defensive qualities have never showed signs of disappearing, but he continues to add some impressive attacking touches to his game that have benefitted the Warriors greatly. In fact, the ex-Leeds and Castleford man has been so good that he’s been touted as the possible England fullback for the World Cup.
Jordan Abdull – Hull KR
The Hull KR halfback has seemingly taken his side by the scruff of the neck after Rovers lost their first three games. A one-point victory over Huddersfield and then a demolition of Leeds was largely down to the boot and hands of Abdull, whose game has gone up a level since Tony Smith took over at the club.
Jake Connor – Hull FC
No one has ever disputed Jake Connor’s talent on the field, but he has failed to nail down a regular spot in any position. That was until Brett Hodgson took over at Hull, who clearly sees the former Huddersfield man as his first-choice fullback. And, boy is Hodgson reaping the rewards of that decision with Connor looking every part a number one, linking up seamlessly with the Hull halves and throwing out some delicious passes for breaks and tries.
Gareth Widdop – Warrington Wolves
Much was made of Gareth Widdop’s less-than successful 2020 season, but he has certainly gone up a level in 2021. The Englishman looks to be very much enjoying his rugby at the Halliwell Jones Stadium this season, destroying teams with his elusive running game and forming a crucial left-edge partnership with Ben Currie and Toby King. No wonder then that Warrington haven’t lost since the opening weekend.
Paul McShane – Castleford Tigers
Just when you thought Paul McShane couldn’t get any better from the Man of Steel-form he showed in 2020, the diminutive hooker continues to defy belief. The number nine has been integral for Castleford yet again in 2021 and his importance proved vital in the Tigers’ thrilling Golden Point victory over Hull KR. But, it’s his presence in the middle of the field that makes him so key to this Castleford outfit; he could really be the next captain at the Jungle following Michael Shenton’s retirement.