A full weekend of fixtures this time around, with Storm Dennis not scuppering any Super League fixtures. The Huddersfield Giants are the only unbeaten team left in the competition, with Toronto still unable to pick up a victory.
Here is our Betfred Super League Team of the Week for round three, don’t forget to let us know who you would have picked and whether you agree with us.
1. Sam Tomkins
What a performance from the Catalans man. Despite it being the debut of Israel Folau, Tomkins put all eyes on him. He made a total of 17 carries, with 178 total metres gained. A phenomenal 16 tackle busts, and four clean breaks is a massive achievement….. oh, and he picked up a hat-trick as the Dragons rolled over Castleford.
Yes, okay, French didn’t play on the wing in Wigans victory over Toronto on Friday night but his performance meant we couldn’t not put him in this side. The full-back was outstanding in attack once more picking up two tries, but it was his link-up play with Jackson Hastings which stood out more than anything. The quick twenty metre tap was good thinking as it allowed Burgess to race away to score. Adrian Lam will be hoping he continues his fine form as the season continues.
3. Harry Newman
Remember the name, Harry Newman. He’s been handed the number three shirt at the Leeds, and he showed both fans, and his coaches why he deserves it. He ran for 136 metres, making 11 tackles busts. On top of this he picked up a try assist to Ash Handley and also a brace for himself in a 52-10 victory against Hull KR. He’s strong in the tackle and solid in defence and will be a certain star for the West Yorkshire side.
4. Carlos Tuimavave
Despite Hull FC losing to Saints on Sunday, Tuimavave was once again one of the better players on the park. He gained 148 metres over 13 carries in a dominant performance. In these 13 carries, he made 8 tackle busts. Defensively, the centre made 20 tackles as it looked as though the Airlie Birds may hold out the champions for the whole game. Tuimavave scored two tries for the home-side and will look to pick up a lot more throughout the season.
5. Luke Briscoe
You’re probably all saying ‘Briscoe didn’t score, whys he picked?’. I agree, but he made 189 total metres as he worked his way to setting up two tries in a dominant Rhino’s performance. He’s often left on the sidelines while his brother takes all the plaudits, but with Tom out injured, this is a huge chance for Luke to step up and secure a starting spot. He’ll just need to turn those huge metres, and assists into tries of his own.
6. Jonny Lomax
Well, here we are again, Jonny Lomax pulled out another fantastic performance for St Helens. Just to keep it simple, the half-back picked up three try assists as they came back from behind to beat Hull FC. He made a total of 162 metres in a total of 19 carries. Five tackles busts are included in his stats. He certainly made up for a quiet performance against Warrington last weekend as Saints get back on track and retain their title.
7. Jackson Hastings
Once again, Hastings played out of his skin and put in the type of performances that Salford fans were so used to last season. His seven attacking kicks pushed the Warriors forward against Toronto. As well as a great kicking game, Hastings ran the ball very well. He made 21 carries, making five tackles busts, making 145 metres. His link up play with Bevan French is something that Adrian Lam will love as Wigan look to improve on last season.
8. Lee Mossop
Mossop is a huge asset to Ian Watson’s side. His defensive qualities and attacking prowess go hand in hand. That certainly showed this weekend as the big man made a huge 48 tackles, with 10 of those coming from marker. On top of this effort, He made 120 metres, over 14 carries, with an average of 8.5 metres per carry. He’s onto his 13th professional season and is looking better than ever.
9. Adam O’Brien
It was a great performance in defence from the Giants hooker. The player made a total of 53 tackles in a game that flowed back and forth. Of those 53 tackles, 11 of those came from marker as he pulled it out the bag to stop a solid Salford side. He wasn’t quiet in attack either, picking up a try himself as they beat the Red Devils 10-12 on Friday night.
10. Adam Sidlow
He as impressed for Toronto in every game he’s played this season, and is earning rave reviews. Against Wigan he made 40 tackles, with 12 of those coming straight from marker. He came off the bench to make 13 carries for a total of 72 metres. Agreed, that’s not hugely impressive numbers going forward but it brings three or four players to bring the big man down which allows to Toronto to attack the edges with Leutele, Kay and Russell.
11. Zeb Taia
One of the most underrated Saints players in their squad, Taia made a whopping 141 metres in 20 carries as the champions came back to beat Hull FC. That’s an average of seven metres per carry. As well as that, his running lines attracts defenders to give the likes of Jack Welsby, Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages the space to roam free on the back of a solid platform.
12. Liam Farrell
A wonderful performance from the evergreen Farrell. Superb in both attack and defence, the second-rower made 39 tackles, 106 metres in 15 carries with more than half of those carries bringing a tackle bust, with three clean breaks. He could have had a hat-trick but i’m sure he’ll be more than happy with his brace alongside an assist. He was in contention for being man of the match but French played too well to not pick up the award.
13. Cameron Smith
There’s some pressure with a name like Cameron Smith, but the Leeds Rhinos forward is certainly making a name of his own. In week one, he made 61 tackles, and after a week off, played a great offensive game. He picked up a brace of tries and made 129 metres in 22 carries with three tackle busts. Oh and once again, 41 tackles were made with 11 coming direct from marker.