Round 5 was full of talking points; tries, big hits, controversy and also a sin-binning for striking in a heated game. But who made The 18th Man Team of the Week for Round 5?
Full-back – Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils)
The Salford full-back impresses for the second time as he performed two incredible try-saving tackles, booted over six conversions and assisted two tries in an all-round fantastic performance.
Wing – Justin Carney (Salford Red Devils)
This selection is a nightmare come true for Castleford fans. Carney makes the Team of the Week after scoring twice for Salford against his parent club Castleford. He produced two good tries as Salford defeated the Tigers at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Centre – Rhys Evans (Warrington Wolves)
Rhys Evans was incredible as Warrington travelled to the South of France and beat the Dragons. He scored two fantastic tries in a clinical Warrington performance
Centre – Stefan Marsh (Widnes Vikings)
Marsh was superb in another fantastic win for the Vikings. The Winger scored a hat-trick of tries and made an incredible 132 metres as Widnes destroyed the Black & Whites.
Wing – Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers)
He’s back in the team with a bang, scoring all three of Castleford’s tries as they were defeated by Salford. Solomona also made 100 metres and made two clean breaks in a great performance despite the result.
Stand-off – Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants)
Huddersfield simply don’t look the same team without Danny Brough and his return to the Giants team has seen an increase in performance standards. He ran the show against Hull KR, assisting twice and having a key impact on most other tries. Brough also converted 6 tries and kicked a penalty goal.
Scrum-half – Joe Mellor (Widnes Vikings)
Many people have pondered how long Widnes can keep their early form going for, being described as the next “Leicester City”, but if Mellor and Brown keep up their incredible form, it’s hard to see how Widnes will struggle. Mellor scored and assisted twice as Widnes demolished Hull FC.
Prop – Tony Clubb (Wigan Warriors)
Tony Clubb bagged a rare try and made 111 metres as Wigan dominated a weak Rhinos team. His impressive effort in both attack and defence earns him a place in this week’s Team of the Week.
Hooker – James Roby (St. Helens)
Recently back from injury and straight back in-form. Roby produced two tries and a great 118 metres as Saints ripped Wakefield apart. He also had a great defensive effort, producing 25 tackles.
Prop – Kyle Amor (St Helens)
Kyle Amor had a solid performance against a shaky Wakefield team. He didn’t score, but he did make a fantastic 163 metres and 18 tackles as he continues his good form.
Second-Row – Joe Greenwood (St. Helens)
Greenwood started the game in the Second-Row for the Saints and had a great game on his return to the team, scoring twice and producing a solid 22 tackles to really push for a regular spot in Saints’ first team.
Second-Row – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)
Bateman’s incredible start to the year continued as he picked up Man of the Match by scoring, making 115 metres and producing 37 tackles against the Rhinos. If his form continues, he will surely be pushing for Young Player of the Year or even the Man of Steel!
Loose-forward – Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield Giants)
Ta’ai was crucial last year for the Giants, and he proved just why with a great performance against Hull Kingston Rovers. He was on hand to collect Brough’s chip to score right at the end of the game and also put in a phenomenal shift in defence with 39 tackles.
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