3rd September 2019, 15:37 | great_britain

Great Britain Watch

Great Britain Watch

A weekend of impressive performances

Following on from yesterday’s Great Britain Rugby League Lions Performance Squad announcement, we take a look at which players stood out this week in the Betfred Super League. 

St Helens lifted the League Leaders’ Shield following their 4-0 victory over Castleford Tigers and Tommy Makinson was voted as the Our League Man of the Match after totalling a massive 180 metres retaining his place at the top of the metre-maker charts. 

Mark Percival notched a try-assist for St Helens while James Roby was a stalwart in defence making a huge 54 tackles in the victory. Alex Walmsley made 132 metres from his 16 carries while Welsh international Morgan Knowles and England duo Jonny Lomax and Luke Thompson also played. Scotland international Lachlan Coote didn’t feature for St Helens.

Liam Watts was once again a standout performer for Castleford – albeit in defeat – making 94 metres and racking up 28 defensive efforts. Jake Trueman wasn’t in the Tigers’ line-up.

Josh Jones – who is Salford Red Devils’ sole representative in the squad – was a big influence in the Red Devils’ victory over Warrington Wolves on Thursday evening running for 121 metres, forcing seven tackle busts and making four offloads at the AJ Bell Stadium. 

Warrington back-rowers Jack Hughes and Joe Philbin both backed up after their Coral Challenge Cup triumph alongside Stefan Ratchford, while Daryl Clark came off the bench to average an impressive 12 metres per carry. Chris Hill, Josh Charnley and Blake Austin didn’t play. 

Jermaine McGillvary and Jamie Shaul were both on the scoresheet for their respective sides in Huddersfield Giants’ 12-22 win over Hull FC on Friday evening. FC full-back Shaul also finished with a try-assist to his name but couldn’t prevent defeat to the Giants. Jake Connor and Scott Taylor were also in action. 

Leeds Rhinos winger Ash Handley was once again on the scoresheet – moving him clear at the top of the Super League try-scoring charts with 22 - in Leeds Rhinos’ 10-36 win in the capital. Handley also made two clean breaks, two tackle busts and two offloads. Stevie Ward is currently sidelined.

George Williams helped Wigan Warriors’ to a 16-22 win over Wakefield Trinity by earning another try-assist, taking him to 19 for the Super League season. Oliver Gildart didn’t find the try-line but did force 110 metres from 15 carries. Reece Lyne marginally edged out his counterpart with 112 running metres. 

Sean O’Loughlin didn’t feature for Wigan while Sam Tomkins continues to serve a suspension meaning he missed Catalans Dragons’ 6-24 loss against Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday evening.

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