Round 4 presented us with big wins, fantastic tries and several talking points, including the best players of the week. So who made it into this week’s 18th Man Team of the Week?
Full-back – Tony Gigot (Catalan Dragons)
Two tries in a fantastic performance. Gigot showed why he took the number 1 spot away from Escare as the Dragons thumped the Wildcats.
Winger – Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Wildcats)
A lot was expected of Johnstone as he was handed the number 2 shirt in 2016, but the young Winger proved his worth against Catalan. He scored a fantastic try which brought the Wildcats back to within one try before the Dragons eventually ran away with it.
Centre – Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos)
Moon was back to top form against the Giants, producing a great finish and putting on a fine show in defence as Leeds picked up their first win of the season.
Centre – Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils)
Sa’u is Salford’s Mr. Consistent in 2016, he continued his great form with two tries and a fantastic defensive display as Salford narrowly lost out to Warrington.
Winger – Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings)
Thompson is proving to be one of the better overseas signings in 2016, as he sits top of the try-scoring charts with 8 tries after scoring twice against Hull Kingston Rovers.
Stand-off – Joe Mellor (Widnes Vikings)
Despite playing at scrum-half, I felt both players in the halves deserved to feature so decided to shift Mellor to stand-off. Joe Mellor proved to be the difference between the two teams on Friday night. He scored two great tries and also was involved in another three. A fantastic performance from the Scrum-half.
Scrum-half – Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves)
The choice most people were expecting. Sandow has recently earned Super League’s Player of the Month for February, and now he’s in my Team of the Week. He single-handedly won Warrington the game against Salford and also produced an insane improvised drop-goal from 40m to win the game after the full-time hooter had gone.
Prop – Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos)
Cuthbertson showed the form that made him so feared in 2015. An astonishing 194 metres and twenty five tackles sees him make this week’s Team of the Week.
Hooker – Ryan Hinchcliffe (Huddersfield Giants)
Hinchcliffe had his best game yet for Huddersfield. He made 45 tackles and seems to be settling in well to his role at the Huddersfield Giants. His influence will be crucial for Huddersfield during their current injury situation.
Prop – Dave Taylor (Catalans Dragons)
In my opinon, Taylor is in the running for Man of Steel currently. His influence on the Dragons team is immense, and his introduction in the second half proved the difference as Catalan reopened the score gap that had been closed by Wakefield whilst Taylor was off the field.
Second-row – Atelea Vea (St Helens)
Vea played the full game and picked up Man of the Match as Saints saw off Castleford. He scored a try, made an impressive 141 metres and put in a big shift in defence.
Second-row – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)
Mr. Consistent of Wigan put in his best performance of the year as the Warriors saw off Hull FC. 40 tackles and 103 metres contributed to a narrow victory for Wigan.
Loose-forward – Brad Singleton (Leeds Rhinos)
Singleton stepped up for Leeds in what could be his best ever performance. Making 43 tackles and 143 metres to help the Rhinos pick up their first two points of the year.
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