Leeds’ England hopefuls were particularly impressive in round five of Betfred Super League, as the Rhinos stormed to a 38-14 win over Wakefield Trinity.
Kallum Watkins broke the deadlock on 17 minutes at Headingley with a superb take from the kick-to-the corner.
The centre added a second try later in the first half, ending his six-month scoring drought with the Rhinos – his last try coming in last September’s Qualifiers win over Batley.
Winger Ryan Hall also scored for Leeds, which was his third try in six games in 2017. Hall was also top metre-maker in the match, with a total of 156.
After earning a call-up into England’s Elite Performance Squad earlier this year, Danny Houghton has continued his reputation as one of Super League’s top tacklers.
He made 51 tackles in Hull’s 32-12 win over Widnes Vikings and scored a try. Speedy full-back Jamie Shaul was also on the scoresheet for the Airlie Birds.
Leigh boss Neil Jukes said he thinks Gareth Hock could force his way into the England squad, after the hard-hitting back-row scored two tries in the Centurions’ 22-8 win over Warrington Wolves on Thursday.
“Why not?” said Jukes. “He carried the ball as strong as anybody else. There were current internationals out there and he was head and shoulders above a lot of them.”
Mark Percival was St Helens’ star performer in their nail-biting 28-24 win over Catalans Dragons on Saturday.
The centre, who won three caps for England last year, scored a try and kicked four tricky conversions as Kieron Cunningham’s men secured a narrow win in Perpignan.
Jermaine McGillvary was the top metre-maker as Huddersfield Giants secured a 16-16 draw at Wigan Warriors on Sunday.
Although the winger didn’t score a try this week, his run to within a metre short of the line allowed Gaskell to score on the following play.
England hopefuls Luke Gale and Greg Minikin both scored tries as Castleford Tigers suffered their first Super League defeat of the season, as they went down 12-13 at Salford Red Devils.