Well that’s another finished and dusted off Super League week and what an entertaining round it turned out to be!
The first time out on Thursday night saw Wigan Warriors battling against a heavily depleted Hull KR. Wigan eventually relegated the Robins to a humiliated 46-4, but Danny McGuire’s side were able to hold their heads high after swimming furiously against the tide.
Fast forward to Friday night and Toulouse Olympique have been dealt a blow in their quest for Super League survival after suffering a disappointing 32-6 defeat at home to Hull FC, buoyed by new signing Will Smith in the mid- time alongside Luke Gale.
Then it was Castleford Tigers’ turn to take on Wakefield Trinity, with many people thinking this game was a foregone conclusion. Willie Poching’s men, however, had other ideas and they ended up beating Lee Radford’s side in one of the clashes of the season to lift Wakefield from the bottom of the table.
On Saturday, Warrington Wolves traveled to John Smith’s Stadium – home of the Huddersfield Giants – but again Daryl Powell’s men gave up a hard-fought lead to dismiss disgruntled Wire fans with a 32-22 loss.
It was the turn of the Leeds Rhinos and the Catalans Dragons to crown Saturday’s encounters in the south of France, and, with a 30-6 lead, almost anyone would have backed the French side to win at a gallop. However, an incredible comeback from the Rhinos saw them come away with a 36-32 victory on golden points.
If the rugby league weekend hadn’t been as surprising as it had been, the Salford Red Devils’ 44-12 thrashing of St Helens yesterday afternoon epitomized this weekend’s upsets .
But who was part of the team of the week?
1. Champ Jai – Wigan Warriors
It seems customary now to include Jai Field in the team of the week, he’s just so good. The silky-talented full-back showed his skill in the thrashing of Hull KR on Thursday night.
2. Bevan French – Wigan Warriors
Another week, another inclusion of Bevan French in the team of the week. The livewire recorded another stellar hat-trick as Wigan demolished Hull KR on Thursday night.
3. Corey Hall – Wakefield Trinity
This teenager is looking better and better for Wakefield and he topped his opposite number Castleford on Friday night.
4. Tim Lafai – Salford Red Devils
Tim Lafai has been in incredible form for Salford in 2022 and he is producing devastating touches against St Helens this afternoon.
5. Liam Marshall – Warriors of Wigan
Not to be outdone by the Frenchman, Liam Marshall showed up three times to show off his skills on the other wing. But it’s his work rate that will impress head coach Matt Peet more than anything.
6. Will Smith – Hull FC
Talk about a great start! Will Smith ran for Hull FC for the first time in Toulouse on Saturday night, scoring a try and participating in everything the black and white did well.
7. Aidan Sezer – Leeds Rhino
Aidan Sezer grabbed the bull by the horns on Saturday night as Leeds were pumped up by the Catalans. The halfback grabbed the golden point winning try to cap off a stunning comeback after being down to 12 men at 30-6.
8. Kane Evans – Hull FC
Kane Evans was in inspired form for Hull against Toulouse on Saturday night, carving the French side numerous times down the middle with his brilliant offloads setting the platform for some big yards.
9. Brad Dwyer – Leeds Rhino
It’s still quite unusual why Leeds let go of Brad Dwyer. His performances in 2022 have been tenacious and determined and the hooker produced some classy moments against the Catalans on Saturday night.
10. Jai Whitbread – Wakefield Trinity
What an inspired signing Jai Whitbread has been for Willie Poching’s Wakefield. The Aussie showed his worth in a great performance against Castleford on Friday night.
11. Rhyse Martin – Leeds Rhinoceros
When you need a goalkeeper, Leeds can count on Rhyse Martin. The second rower converted all five tries and added a penalty to level the proceedings and send the game against the Catalans to a golden point.
12. Ellis Longstaff – Hull FC
It proved to be a shrewd signing from Brett Hodgson as Ellis Longstaff once again showed what Warrington was missing with a big display over Toulouse.
13. Luke Yates – Huddersfield Giants
Fantastic captain! Luke Yates is the heartbeat of this Huddersfield Giants side and he helped drag the Giants over the line against Warrington on Saturday afternoon.
14. Jacob Miller – Wakefield Trinity
Would have been included in the first team if not for the superb performances of Will Smith and Aidan Sezer. However, Jacob Miller ran Castleford to shreds on Friday night.
15. Richie Myler – Leeds Rhino
Richie Myler played an amazing role in Leeds’ comeback win over the Catalans, scoring a hat-trick and performing some brilliant moves.
16. Kallum Watkins – Salford Red Devils
Kallum Watkins has had a huge resurgence in 2022 after missing 2021 with an injury. The central rower was in fine form against champions St Helens this afternoon.
17. Cameron Smith – Leeds Rhino
Cameron Smith came off the bench against the Catalans on Saturday night to great effect, producing some remarkable throw-ins.