5th February 2019, 14:30 | man_of_steel
The Betfred Super League Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel Award will be chosen by a panel consisting of 21 former players and coaches including seven previous winners of Man of Steel, and boasting a combined total of 46 Championship or Grand Final wins, 41 Challenge Cup winners’ medals.
A member of the panel will watch each Betfred Super League game in 2019 and award points to the three outstanding players: 3 points for their chosen man of the match, 2 points for the runner-up, and 1 point for the third-ranked player.
The scores will be made public every week, until Round 22 in mid-July. After that, the poll will be hidden until the Awards Ceremony in October.
Round One's 3 Point winners:
Garbutt helped Hull KR to a dramatic Humberside derby, Rovers beat rivals FC in the final seconds of their opening game thanks to a debut Jimmy Keinhorst try. Garbutt also scored on his debut, whilst racking up an impressive 161 metres.
Evalds scored a second-half hat-trick as Salford Red Devils defeated Huddersfield Giants 34-14 at the John Smith’s Stadium. Red Devils’ full-back also assisted a try to condemn Huddersfield to a round one loss.
Stefan Ratchford continued on from last season’s form which saw him win the Harry Sunderland trophy. Against Leeds he showed his defensive awareness from Rhinos’ kicks and the full-back was a great attacking option which culminated in a great finish for Wolves’ first try.
Alex Walker completed a million pound tackle to secure London Broncos' rise to Super League in the Million Pound Game against hot favourites Toronto Wolfpack last season. In the opening game of the 2019 Super League season, the full-back put in another stand-out display assisting four tries which helped him earn three Man of Steel points.
One of the most consistent players in Super League, James Roby picked up the first three Man of Steel points in the brand-new format, after St Helens beat Wigan Warriors 22-12 in the opening game. A run from dummy-half saw him score a second-half try, which helped secure his team an opening game win.
Castleford kicked off their campaign with a 20-4 victory over Catalans, Liam Watts picked up three Man of Steel points in a game where he made the most metres (181) in the game with an average gain of 9.05. He also made 43 tackles only second behind Catalans’ Alrix Da Costa.
Full List of Man of Steel Points from Round 1:
3 Points: Mitch Garbutt, Niall Evalds, Stefan Ratchford, Alex Walker, James Roby & Liam Watts
2 Points: Josh Drinkwater, Ken Sio, Josh Charnley, Eddie Battye, Luke Thompson & Paul McShane
1 Point: James Greenwood, Izaac Farrell, Daryl Clark, Jordan Abdull, Liam Marshall & Kenny Edwards