A great start to the new Super League season continued into round 2, with shock results appearing across the league, but who stood out enough to make the team of the week?
Fullback – Niall Evalds (Salford Red Devils)
Niall Evalds came off the bench for Salford and proved his point as to why he should be starting at Fullback. He scored two great tries in a stunning performance over St Helens.
Wing – Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers)
Solomona is the only player to retain his place in the Team of the Week from round 1. The Winger produced 2 incredible finishes as the Tigers mauled the Wildcats.
Centre – Jack Logan (Hull FC)
Logan scored in an impressive performance in Perpignan. The Black & Whites demolished Catalan and Logan played a pivitol role in attack and defence.
Centre – Fetuli Talanoa (Hull FC)
Despite playing on the wing, I decided I had to include Talanoa somewhere in the team after a stunning performance. Much like Jack Logan, Fetuli Talanoa’s performance throughout the game was incredible, he scored twice and set up the play of the match, darting down the touchline and passing inside for Jamie Shaul to score.
Wing – Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings)
Corey Thompson scored a hat-trick in Widnes’ emphatic win over the Rhinos. His pace and power could not be contained by the Rhinos and his brilliant performance earns him a place in the Team of the Week.
Stand-off – Robert Lui (Salford Red Devils)
After a dissapointing start to life as a Salford player, Lui proved his critics wrong in round 2, playing a major part in Salford’s demoliton of St Helens. The Stand-off scored 2 brilliant solo tries and assisted another to earn him a well-deserved place in the Team of the Week.
Scrum-half – Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings)
No player has as much influence on their team as Kevin Brown does for Widnes. Brown produced magic for Widnes as they crunched champions Leeds 56-12. The Stand-off assisted two of the tries and had a massive influence in many others.
Prop – Scott Taylor (Hull FC)
Strength. Power. Aggression. Scott Taylor seems to have it all, and that was emphasised as he played a pivitol role for Hull FC in a very physical battle in the South of France against the Catalan Dragons, his incredible work rate in attack and defence was topped off by throwing a Catalan player behind his own goal line on his own to force a drop-out towards the end of the game.
Hooker – Daryl Clark (Warrington Wolves)
Daryl Clark looked to be in the form that won him the Man of Steel in 2014 when Warrington faced Hull KR. The hooker made three clean breaks and scored a great try to top off an impressive performance for Warrington.
Prop – Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils)
Craig Kopczak has had two quiet years for Huddersfield and Wigan respectively, but he proved why he will be pivotal for Salford in 2016, making big carries and produced 23 tackles, but most importantly, scored a try!
Second-row – Ben Murdoch-Masila (Salford Red Devils)
Murdoch-Masila was a stand-out performer for Salford in a dissapointing defeat to Hull FC, and the big Second-rower once again produced a great performance to seal his place in the Team of the Week.
Second-Row – Setaimata Sa (Widnes Vikings)
Setaimata Sa was unfortunate to miss out on the Team of the Week in round 1, but another solid performance and a third try in two games leaves me with no choice but to include the powerful Second-rower. His performances for Widnes have been pivotal as the Vikings picked up two wins in their first two games.
Loose-Forward – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)
John Bateman once again proved his worth for Wigan as he produced a fine performance as the Warriors eased past a weakened Giants team. Bateman made an impressive 43 tackles and on top of that, made 187 metres. His great performance lifted Wigan when they went behind.