Round 19: Super League Team of the Week

Drew Darbyshire

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Four players who represented England in Denver have been named in the team of the week.

Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity)

The 23-year-old had one of his best games in a Wakefield Trinity shirt in their 34-30 defeat at St Helens. Hampshire was unlucky to be on the losing side after scoring a try, coming up with an assist and busting six tackles. He even made 118 metres from 19 carries.

Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors)

The rise of Marshall has been nothing short of incredible. He continues to go under the radar and scored a hat-trick to help Wigan Warriors thrash Leeds Rhinos 46-8. The 22-year-old has now scored 40 tries in 40 games for the Warriors.

Jake Connor (Hull FC)

It was one hell of a week for the 23-year-old. Firstly, he made his England debut and then he was rewarded with a new contract with Hull FC, and to repay Lee Radford’s faith, Connor produced another classy display to help his side get a 31-24 win over Widnes Vikings. He made two clean breaks and bust six tackles.

Mark Percival (St Helens)

Like he has been all season, the Widnesian was a standout for St Helens in their win over Wakefield. Percival provided three assists as well as making 119 metres from 13 carries, averaging 9.15 metres per-drive. He even made 18 tackles!

Junior Vaivai (Hull Kingston Rovers)

The USA star recently extended his stay at Hull Kingston Rovers and it’s no surprise that Tim Sheens was keen to secure his services beyond this season. Vaivai scored a try and came up with an assist in KR’s 37-10 victory over Huddersfield Giants. He bust 10 tackles and made one clean break.

Josh Woods (Wigan Warriors)

Boy oh boy, Woods looks a player to keep an eye on. The 20-year-old was playing in just his fourth Super League game for Wigan on Thursday but it looked like he had been playing at the top level for 10 years. He scored a try and came up with an assist against Leeds. He bust four tackles and made a clean break. The Academy product also made 21 tackles.

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Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons)

Is Drinkwater the signing of the season? You will struggle to find a player who has made a bigger impact on their team than what Drinkwater has had on Catalans Dragons this term. He scored a hat-trick and kicked six goals to help the Dragons beat Castleford Tigers 44-16 in Perpignan. He even provided an assist.

Scott Taylor (Hull FC)

We have lost count of how many times Taylor has been named in our team of the week this season! He backed up the Denver Test with a workmanlike showing in Hull FC’s win over Widnes. He made 115 metres from 15 carries and made 28 tackles.

James Roby (St Helens)

Roby is one of the most well-respected players in Super League. He is one of the few players who fans of all clubs admire. The 32-year-old was instrumental in Saints’ win on Friday night, making 44 tackles as well as six carries. The England star also got on the scoresheet.

Mose Masoe (Hull Kingston Rovers)

The Samoa international put in a tough and very uncompromising performance for Rovers in their win over bottom four rivals Huddersfield. Masoe made 137 metres from 17 drives, averaging 8.06 metres per-carry. The front-rower also made 21 tackles.

Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)

Farrell is another player who doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. The 28-year-old did everything right in Wigan’s win over Leeds. Farrell made 143 metres from 14 drives, averaging 10.21 metres per-carry. He made 24 tackles and even grabbed a try.

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Ben Garcia (Catalans Dragons)

The France international has recently signed a contract extension with the club and it is good to see that he has been rewarded for his impressive performances this season. Garcia made 26 tackles and 11 drives in Catalans’ win over Castleford as well as coming up with an assist. He also bust two tackles.

Ben Westwood (Warrington Wolves)

Westwood might be the oldest player in Super League at 36 years of age, but he is playing out of his skin at the moment and is showing no signs of slowing down. He put in one hell of a shift in Warrington Wolves’ 30-14 win over Salford Red Devils. Westwood made 89 metres from 10 carries as well as making 36 tackles.

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