Super League: The best players of round twenty-three

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Every week, our reporters nominate a ‘Gamestar’ from every match, who is essentially the man of the match. Here are the seven men that won it this week and the reasons provided by our writers. For the full reports, download the digital edition or buy the paper in the morning.

Match: Wigan Warriors v Salford Red Devils
Reporter: David Kuzio
Gamestar: Matty Smith
Comments: “Matty Smith did not have his best game against Bradford the week before but he came out all guns blazing against the Red Devils and managed 17 points against his former club.”

Match: Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls
Reporter: Phil Caplan
Gamestar: Luke Gale
Comments: “Increasingly assured as the match progressed, Luke Gale impressively steered the Bulls’ ship into port with his telling darts, clever offloads and pinning kicks.”

Match: Catalan Dragons v Warrington Wolves
Reporter: Ricky Wilby
Gamestar: Michael Monaghan
Comments: “Michael Monaghan’s return after injury was key to the Wolves’ victory. The 34-year-old was superb in defence and attack and was praised by coach Tony Smith after the game.”

Match: Hull FC v St Helens
Reporter: Pete Stephenson
Gamestar: Richard Horne
Comments: “His 16-year playing career at Hull might be coming to an end but Richard Horne showed that he’s still got the tools and class that made him a black and white legend.”

Match: Castleford Tigers v London Broncos
Reporter: Phil Hodgson
Gamestar: Justin Carney
Comments: “Tigers winger Justin Carney, who put paid to the Broncos’ hopes with a first-half hat-trick.”

Match: Huddersfield Giants v Wakefield Wildcats
Reporter: John Davidson
Gamestar: Shaun Lunt
Comments: “Huddersfield hooker Shaun Lunt’s first game back after eight weeks out with injury was a special one. The number 9 scored one try, set up two others and was influential behind a strong forward pack.”

Match: Widnes Vikings v Hull Kingston Rovers
Reporter: Steve Fox
Gamestar: Kevin Brown
Comments: “Kevin Brown. An injury doubt leading up to the game, he was at the heart of everything good that Widnes did in what was one of their best attacking displays of the season.”