Optimum Super League Team of the Week – Round 4

Full-back – Gareth O’Brien (Salford Red Devils)


Team of the week appearances: 1

O’Brien didn’t get the result he craved, but he put in a brilliant performance against his former club and almost helped them to a stunning victory with four conversions and his role in a number of tries

Winger – Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Wildcats)


Team of the week appearances: 1

Another player on the losing side, but Johnstone continues to show why so much is expected of him.

It was his try that pulled the Wildcats to within one score of an incredible comeback before the Catalans ran away with the match.

Centre – Junior Sa’u (Salford Red Devils)


Team of the week appearances: 1

His two tries in the first-half put the Red Devils in a great position while he was solid in defence too.

Sa’u is a vital member of the Salford team and his form is important to the Red Devils.

Centre – Anthony Gelling (Wigan Warriors)

Gelling Wigan

Team of the week appearances: 1

Gelling was Wigan’s best player against Hull FC and proved to be a real handful out wide.

However, his defensive contribution was just as important and he came up with a lot of big plays.

Winger – Corey Thompson (Widnes Vikings)

Corey Thompson

Team of the week appearances: 1

The best overseas signing so far?

Super League’s top scorer scored another two tries for the Vikings and looks like a complete class act. A great piece of business by Denis Betts.

Stand-off – Joe Mellor (Widnes Vikings)


Team of the week appearances: 1

From one Viking to another, how good has Joe Mellor been this season?

He was at the heart of their most recent victory, scoring two tries and assisting another three.

Scrum-half – Chris Sandow (Warrington Wolves)


Team of the week appearances: 2

We don’t need to explain this entry.

He was quiet for the first hour, but oh my how he was devastating in the final 20. A ‘world class’ performance according to Tony Smith.

Prop – Dave Taylor (Catalans Dragons)

Taylor Catalans

Team of the week appearances: 3


The biggest compliment that can be given to Taylor is that Catalans were 22-0 up when he left the field. He returned to the pitch with the score 26-22 in favour of the Dragons, they went on to win 42-28.

His third appearance in this team and arguably the player of the season so far.

Hooker – Ryan Hinchcliffe (Huddersfield Giants)

Hinchcliffe Huddersfield

Team of the week appearances: 1

Hinchcliffe has been a calming influence for the Giants all year, but this performance in defeat to Leeds was his best yet.

When Huddersfield get their players fit, Hinchcliffe will really shine.

Prop – Adam Cuthbertson (Leeds Rhinos)

Cuthbertson Leeds

Team of the week appearances: 1

We saw the best of Cuthbertson on Friday night.

With players starting to come back for the Rhinos, Cuthbertson will continue to impress more and more.

Second-row – Atelea Vea (St Helens)


Team of the week appearances: 2

80 minutes, a try and a man of the match display.

Vea was at his best as he took countless carries and bust the line numerous times.

Second-row – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)


Team of the week appearances: 2

Bateman is consistently good, but he was exceptional on Thursday.

Pre-match he spoke about how he planned to lead from the front in Michael McIlorum’s absence, and he looks to be a man of his word.

Loose-forward – Brad Singleton (Leeds Rhinos)Singleton

Team of the week appearances: 1

Singleton took on the role of playing loose-forward against Huddersfield, and he was absolutely phenomenal.

At just 23, Singleton looks like he could be a major star in the future.