Despite only four games going ahead this weekend due to Storm Ciara, we have still picked a team of the week for Round Two of the Betfred Super League.
1. Niall Evalds
The full-back was a key component of Salford’s late victory against Toronto, as he picked up the final try in a 24-16 win. Despite the wind causing him some havoc which nearly resulted in a Liam Kay score, his solid defensive efforts and outstanding overall performance meant he picked up 3 Albert Goldthorpe Medal points and picked up the man of the match award.
2. Josh Charnley
The way the Warrington backs are playing at the moment it would be difficult to drop any of them to make way for Gareth Widdop. One such player who certainly won’t be dropped is Charnley. His try in the 54th minute was well-worked and put the nail in Saints’ coffin.
3. Josh Griffin
For the second round in a row, Josh Griffin has made the team of the week. He made 11 carries, with 12 tackle busts, and made 139 metres with the ball. On top of those impressive running metres he scored a try and assisted Marc Sneyd as Hull FC over came rival Hull KR 25-16 in front of a packed out KCOM Stadium. He may leave a little to be desired in his defence but hopefully that will improve throughout the season.
4. Dan Sarginson
The former-Wigan centre was instrumental in making sure Salford came away with two points. In his first Red Devils home game he made 15 tackles, including a solid hit on Sonny Billy Williams, 145 metres forward and picked up a try and an assist. His try came just minutes after Toronto had levelled the scores and Salford were never going to let the lead slip from that point.
5. Rhys Williams
Wow, what a try this man scored on Saturday. The winger collected the ball straight from kick-off and busted through Hakim Miloudi and raced away 70 metres to scored one of the tries of the week. If he continues the form he’s in this season, the Red Devils will have a great winger in their squad.
6. Stefan Ratchford
Warrington took the game to Saints on Thursday night, Ratchford and co lead from the front. The Wire man was involved twice in a move which ended in Tom Lineham scoring out wide for a 10-0 lead and then later combined with Ben Currie to stop Kevin Naiqama from scoring. His goal-kicking wasn’t perfect but it didn’t need to be in a wonderful Wolves’ performance.
7. Danny Richardson
The former St Helens number seven kicked a total of eight points as Castleford made it two wins out of two this season with a 16-12 victory against Wigan Warriors. Richardson controlled proceedings and was impressive throughout and his penalty on 62 minutes to stretch the Tigers’ lead to ten was the gamebreaker.
8. Liam Watts
With Castleford missing plenty of key players and a lot of experience, players had to step up and lead them against a strong Wigan Warriors team. Liam Watts was one of those players who stood up and made sure he was recognised. He managed to draw penalties regularly, and made 19 carries for a total of 127 metres alongside an impressive 35 tackles.
9. Daryl Clark
Any Warrington playing could have picked up the man of the match award on the night, but the hooker controlled his forward pack brilliantly in a physical battle. He deserved more than just the one try he picked up. His dynamic playing style and defensive qualities was just one of the reasons St Helens couldn’t break down the Wolves.
10. Ligi Sao
The powerful Samoan forward was a dominant force in the derby win over Hull KR. He made 19 carries for a total of 152 metres, the most by any Hull FC player. He was superb in defence too with 37 tackles. His four offloads allowed the home-side to play on the front foot and turn Hull black and white – until the next time anyway.
11. Harvey Livett
A great utility player, Harvey Livett is surprisingly strong compared to some of the larger players in the league. He was superb in the defence and attack with 16 tackles and 80 metres over a total of 13 carries. His try opened the scoring and but it was controversial. His bulldozing effort looked to have been held up short but the try was allowed by video referee Chris Kendall. While grounding the ball, Livett had four Hull FC players on his back trying to stop him. He was a great workhorse for the visitors and has plenty of potential to fill this season.
12. Josh Jones
He made 22 tackles in a great defensive effort but it was his attacking prowess that stood out. Despite making seven fewer carries against Hull KR than he did against Leeds, he made 35 further metres, 145 total, with an average of 12 metres per carry. His five tackles busts were crucial in Hull FC scoring breakaway tries in a great derby victory.
13. Andre Savelio
Another player making a second appearance in as many weeks, and again hugely deserved. Savelio made an average of just under 11 metres over 8 carries and nearly picked himself a try, but it was disallowed for obstruction in the build up. In defence, the loose-forward made a huge 40 tackles as the Airlie Birds pulled to together as a team to stop the Robins coming back into the game in the last 20 minutes.