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6th February 2018, 16:15 | dreamteam

Dream Team: Hot & Cold round 2

Dream Team: Hot & Cold round 2

Who performed well or poor in round 1 & who to look out for in round 2

With the first round of Betfred Super League complete, we take a look at who overperformed, who underperformed and who Dream Team owners should look at. 

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Hot 🔥

Tom Johnstone – Winger – Wakefield Trinity

107 points

Tom Johnstone made his first Super League appearance since an injury in May 2017.

The winger was back to his explosive self, making 157 metres, six tackle busts, six clean breaks and scoring a hat-trick.

Johnstone finished the top scorer in the whole of Dream Team for round 1 and was just one of two players to pass 100 points.

Next round sees Tom and Trinity face a Salford side that conceded 40 points and three tries to opposition wingers in round 1, so Johnstone could be in for another big score.

Chris Dean – Second Row – Widnes Vikings

98 points 

Chris Dean was the man for Widnes in their opening round victory over Catalans on Sunday.

The Second Row made 109 metres, 32 tackles and nine tackle busts. Dean also added two tries and an assist to top off a huge performance.

Dean was the third highest scoring player in round 1 and is a considerably cheaper option than most at just £90k.

Because of Dean’s low price, it isn’t as much of a risk if you decide to take the gamble on him.

Widnes travel to 2017 League Leaders Castleford Tigers in round 2. It’s a very tough matchup for the Vikings, but St Helens showed there are points to be had against the Tigers.

Ryan Hall – Winger – Leeds Rhinos

90 points

Ryan Hall and Leeds Rhinos opened the 2018 season with a solid win against a much-improved Warrington Wolves side.

The England International scored two tries, with the second being a full-length run.

The winger also made 191 metres, eight tackle busts and four clean breaks.

Hall was the fourth highest points scorer in round 1 and second highest scoring winger behind Tom Johnstone.

Leeds host new boys Hull KR on Sky Sports on Thursday evening. Rovers returned to Super League with a 28-6 defeat to Wakefield last round and allowed winger Tom Johnstone to score a hat-trick.

Cold ❄️

Grant Millington – Prop – Castleford Tigers

18 points

The Tigers came up against a St Helens side that were on fire in round 1.

Millington started from the bench and struggled to make an impact when called upon.

The 2017 Dream Team prop made 15 tackles and 14 metres as Castleford found it tough to build momentum going forward.

Castleford have a more favourable matchup in round 2, but Widnes and their new signings proved their intentions against Catalans.

Danny Brough – Scrum Half – Huddersfield Giants

10 points

The Giants started strong against Hull FC but the black and whites eventually ran away with it.

With further injuries being added to an already impacted side, Huddersfield have started the season at less than full strength.

Danny Brough scored just 10 points in round 1, the fifth least of any player. At a price of £140k, the Scrum Half may have a limited return until Huddersfield’s injury woes are over. 

George Griffin – Prop – Salford Red Devils

7 points 

Salford had a tough afternoon against Wigan after a solid start.

The Red Devils let in 40 points in total despite taking a 6-0 lead.

George Griffin made 32 metres from just four carries and completed 13 tackles. Griffin also gave away three penalties, more than any Salford player on the day.

Salford travel to a Wakefield side who showed they have plenty of attacking flair against Hull KR in round 1.

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