Super 8s Round 2: Team of the Week

Drew Darbyshire

There are three players from Wigan, St Helens, Huddersfield and Castleford in the latest team of the week.  

Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves)

The England international was unlucky to be on the losing side as Warrington went down to defeat at Castleford on Friday. Ratchford scored two tries in the game and made 142 metres from 15 carries. He also bust four tackles and made a clean break.

Tommy Makinson (St Helens)

Makinson made his debut for England earlier this year and he will be keeping his spot on the wing if he keeps up his current form. The 26-year-old scored two tries to inspire St Helens to victory over Wakefield. He made two clean breaks and bust five tackles.

Peter Mata’utia (Castleford Tigers)

The Samoa star is proving to be a very good signing for the Tigers so far. He put in a very classy display in Castleford’s win over Warrington. He came up with an assist and racked up 113 metres from 17 carries. He bust five tackles and made a clean break.

Jordan Rankin (Huddersfield Giants)

Rankin was a real livewire in Huddersfield’s win over his former club Hull FC on Friday. He made 133 metres from 15 drives, busting nine tackles and making three clean breaks. The ex-Gold Coast Titans and Wests Tigers man also made 10 tackles.

Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants)

The 21-year-old has been named in the team of the week on a number of occasions now but he has fully deserved it every single time. McIntosh bust seven tackles and made two clean breaks from 16 carries in Huddersfield’s win over Hull FC. He even made seven tackles.

Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors)

Wigan will miss the England international when he leaves the club at the end of the season. Tomkins was incredible in Wigan’s win over his soon-to-be club Catalans Dragons on Saturday. He bust five tackles and made a clean break from 12 carries and came up with an assist. Tomkins also kicked five goals and a drop-goal.

Tommy Leuluai (Wigan Warriors)

The New Zealand international was great for Wigan in Perpignan. He has been playing some great rugby over the last couple of weeks. He made 17 tackles and 12 carries on the weekend as well as busting a tackle.

Liam Watts (Castleford Tigers) 

The 28-year-old has been brilliant for Castleford since his mid-season move from Hull FC. He put in one hell of a shift in Castleford’s win over Warrington. He made 32 tackles and 24 carries, racking up 168 metres.


Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)

McShane has been one of the best players in Super League this season and had another cracking game on Friday. He put in a man of the match performance to help Castleford claim the two points. He grabbed two assists and made 36 tackles. He also came up with a couple of lovely attacking kicks.

Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield Giants)

The Tonga star is a very important player for the Giants and he is a fan favourite at the John Smith’s Stadium. He put in a workmanlike display in their win over Hull FC. Ta’ai scored a try, made 19 tackles and took 15 drives in.

John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)

The England star put in a very hard-working display in Wigan’s win in the South of France. He made 31 tackles and 121 metres from 16 drives. He bust six tackles and made a clean break. He could well hit it off in the NRL next year.

Jack Ashworth (St Helens)

The 23-year-old was outstanding in just his second Super League game of the season. He made a huge impact when he came on the field and mixed it up with Wakefield’s forwards. He made 92 metres from 10 carries and bust two tackles.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook (St Helens)

The Ireland star was simply sensational in Saints’ win at Wakefield. McCarthy-Scarsbrook made a whopping 37 tackles and 126 metres from 13 drives, averaging 9.69 per-carry. He bust six tackles and made a clean break.