Second-row – Zeb Taia & Carl Ablett
Onto the back row and some may find this confusing but here sees St Helens’ import Zeb Taia return to the position, this time joined by Leeds Rhinos veteran Carl Ablett.
Taia was the easier choice; being a try scorer in the win at Salford but that wasn’t all as the 32-year-old once again proved a handful.
He managed three tackle busts, 140 metres from 21 carries and even put in 25 tackles in another superb effort.
The Australian certainly enjoys his involvement since arriving at the Saints and has been nothing short of sensational and Thursday was no different.
As for Ablett, he was another heavily involved in Leeds’ big win at Huddersfield.
His defence was his strongest point, putting in 44 tackles to keep Huddersfield’s sizable pack at bay.
Furthermore, Ablett tallied over 100 metres from 12 carries, helping to keep the Giants’ defence continuously tested.
Loose-forward – Tinirau Arona
Lining up at loose-forward sees Wakefield’s Tinirau Arona return to the fold this time around.
Now Arona did face some stiff competition but given the way Trinity won, they deserve some recognition for their fantastic win over Wigan and Arona was a stand-out.
Similar to Ablett, Arona’s defence was on point with 39 tackles with only one miss.
Furthermore, he made over 50 metres from 14 carries; not the highest but necessary enough to earn Wakefield a fine finish to what has been a terrific season!
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