1. Scott Grix (Wakefield Trinity)
Grix scored a great try and provided that resolute defensive ability to keep the Red Devils just at bay. It was because of his calmness under the growing pressure, as the Salford side started to come back into the game, that Trinity were able to make it two wins from two games.
2. Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors)
Marshall scored a brace of tries again as the Warriors battled the humidity and a determined Hull FC outfit to keep their 100% record in front of just over 12,000 fans at WIN Stadium. For me, he’s the best winger in the Super League for his ability to be able to take every chance given to him.
3. Jimmy Keinhorst (Leeds Rhinos)
Keinhorst, despite not being in the Man of the Match voting list, was the Rhinos game-changer. He scored a hat-trick of tries and provided the attacking spark for an out-of-sorts Leeds side. He was also defensively solid when Hull KR spent 20 minutes almost continuously attacking the Leeds line in the first half.
4. Kris Welham (Salford Red Devils)
Welham scored the try that gave the Red Devils a life line. He was a menace throughout to the Wakefield defence. He made valuable metres when Salford were down 8-0 at half-time. The start of the second half saw Ian Watson’s side get back in the game at 8-8 and it was down partly to Welham’s determination to make things happen.
5. Greg Minikin (Castleford Tigers)
Minikin scored a try to break the deadlock at the end of the first half, which ultimately provided the Tigers with the psychological advantage that meant they were able to finally break the Widnes defence down.
6. George Williams (Wigan Warriors)
Williams was fantastic for the Warriors in the humidity. His running and passing game was on point to create openings for Marshall to show a clean pair of heels to score his tries. He demonstrated exactly why he’s an England international half-back, with great speed and awareness to dismantle the Hull FC defence.
7. Danny Richardson (St. Helens)
Richardson was by far the best player on the pitch in France on Saturday. Despite his inexperience in comparison to the likes of half-back partner Jonny Lomax and the man he’s replaced in the 17-man squad, Matty Smith, Richardson has been superb so far this season. His kicking and his cool head was ultimately the difference between winning and losing for the 12-men of Saints.
8. Luke Thompson (St. Helens)
Thompson helped lay the platform for Richardson to produce what turned out to be the difference. He made 170 metres and 30 tackles, against a side that are traditionally very physical and tough to beat in the South of France.
9. Danny Walker (Widnes Vikings)
Injuries hit the Vikings hard, and meant that the hooking role had no interchange options, so youngster Walker had to play the full 80 minutes against last season’s Grand Finalists. For such a young talent, he wasn’t overwhelmed in the slightest, knocking 51 tackles and a clean-break to show his attacking intent as well.
10. Rob Mulhern (Hull KR)
The former Rhinos junior was sensational against his former club. He made 41 tackles and a mammoth 178 metres. It’s the sort of performance that would make the Rhinos management regret letting him go. Some have even tipped him for international selection if he keeps up this form.
11. Dale Ferguson (Huddersfield Giants)
Ferguson was a thorn in the side of an unusually poor Warrington side. He scored a great try, made a clean-break and over 100 metres. It’s brilliant to see a strong all-round game from Ferguson, who has previously struggled to assert himself in games against big forward packs.
12. Stevie Ward (Leeds Rhinos)
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott said that the 20-11 win was convincing and picked out Ward as a catalyst for Leeds turning things around against Rovers. He made them stronger in defence and provided a beautiful pass to Adam Cuthbertson for the try that got Leeds back in the game.
13. Ryan Hinchcliffe (Huddersfield Giants)
In what needed to be a good defensive display as the Wolves searched for a win, Hinchcliffe produced a captain-like performance, making 34 tackles to keep the Wolves out. The Australian was exceptional and played a big part in the Giants picking up their first win.