The Optimum Super League Team of the Week – Round 5

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

Team of the week appearances: 2

For a second week running, the former Warrington full-back makes the team after another brilliant display, this time against Castleford.

Not only did he pull off a couple of try-saving tackles, he had a hand in the majority of his side’s scores and landed six conversions in as many attempts on a memorable afternoon for the Red Devils.

Winger – Denny Solomona (Castleford Tigers)Solomona

Team of the week appearances: 3

Where do you start with this guy?

Yet another hat-trick for the Tigers star, who impresses every time he steps on the field.

The best-attacking player in Super League? It’s easy to make a case for him.



Centre – Joe Wardle (Huddersfield Giants)

Team of the week appearances: 1Joe-Wardle-Huddersfield-Castleford

Wardle impressed on his return to the Huddersfield team after missing the early rounds through injury.

The centre was a solid defensive option and also helped out going forward too. The Giants are most certainly a better team with Wardle playing out wide.


Centre – Craig Hall (Wakefield Wildcats)Hall Wakefield

Team of the week appearances: 1

Unwanted by Brian Smith, Craig Hall has played himself into contention and now the team of the week!

Smith’s departure might secure Hall a future at the Wildcats, and he most certainly will play more if he continues to perform as he did in defeat to St Helens.


Winger – Matty Russell (Warrington Wolves)Matty-Russell

Team of the week appearances: 1

Although he actually played at full-back, it was unfair to pick between him and O’Brien!

Russell came to the fore in the second-half and was pivotal to Warrington securing the two points. His evasive running created two key tries for the Wolves in their comeback victory.


Stand-off – Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants)Danny-Brough-taking-on-Matty-Russell

Team of the week appearances: 1

Not a bad way to reintroduce yourself!

Brough was at his best, pulling the strings all afternoon with a majestic display. Expect to see the Giants surge up the table if he stays fit.



Scrum-half – Kevin Brown (Widnes Vikings)Kevin Brown

Team of the week appearances: 3

Whether kicking, passing or running with the ball, he terrorised Hull FC all night.

People will question how sustainable Widnes’ early-season form is, but if Brown continues to play like this, anything is possible.



Prop – Tony Clubb (Wigan Warriors)Clubb

Team of the week appearances: 1

The Warriors bullied the Rhinos, and Tony Clubb played a major role.

Aggressive and uncompromising, Clubb was rewarded with a rare try as Wigan put Leeds to the sword in their best win yet this season.



Hooker – Tommy Lee (Salford Red Devils)Lee Salford

Team of the week appearances: 1

The Salford captain is a constant performer for the Red Devils, but his role was particularly pivotal on Sunday.

Playing a hand in almost all of Salford’s tries, Lee proved his value again in an impressive display.



Prop – Kyle Amor (St Helens)Amor

Team of the week appearances: 1

Kyle Amor is in a rich vein of form and showed his former club no mercy in this victory.

The Cumbrian has played a key role for Saints this year, guiding the forwards around the pitch, which allows the backs like Luke Wash to do their thing near the line.

Second-row – Glenn Stewart (Catalans Dragons)Stewart Catalans

Team of the week appearances: 2

For a second week running, Stewart makes the team of the week after impressing against Warrington.

The off-season recruit is starting to show his best form for the Dragons, which can only be a good thing for the Dragons after their indifferent start to the season.

Second-row – John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)Bateman

Team of the week appearances: 3

The stats rank him as the best player in the league this season, and it is hard to argue with those at present.

He simply has everything and is without question a key member of the England team going forward.

The scary thing is that he is only 22!

Loose-forward – Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield Giants)

Team of the week appearances: 1

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Ta’ai was a major part of the Giants team last year, and showed that form in the Giants’ victory over Hull KR.

He wrapped up proceedings with the final Giants try of the afternoon in a result that took them off the bottom of Super League.