Round 6 Man of Steel picks
Leeds Rhinos vs Toronto Wolfpack
3 Points: Rob Lui (Leeds Rhinos)
Leeds Rhinos are currently the in-form side alongside Wigan Warriors. They’ve been devastating in attack and disciplined in defence. Rob Lui and Luke Gale have quickly formed a partnership and the two players both scored two tries apiece against Toronto. Lui also made six tackle busts, three clean breaks and 122 metres.
2 Points: Konrad Hurrell (Leeds Rhinos)
1 Point: Luke Gale (Leeds Rhinos)
Warrington Wolves vs Castleford Tigers
3 Points: Blake Austin (Warrington Wolves)
A tough game for both sides but it was the boot of Blake Austin that secured a crucial two points for Steve Price’s Wolves. He scored the game winning drop goal; he made 17 tackles, nine attacking kicks, four tackle busts and 77 metres.
2 Points: Toby King (Warrington Wolves)
1 Point: Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)
Wakefield Trinity vs Hull FC
3 Points: Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity)
Dubbed ‘Air Johnstone’ for his unreal try scoring exploits, Tom Johnstone did it again for Wakefield Trinity against FC, it wasn’t enough for the side to win the game but he’s a match winner for Wakefield. Every team needs that someone who can win a game with a special bit of magic and Johnstone is just that. He scored two tries and made 100 metres against FC.
2 Points: Josh Jones (Hull FC)
1 Point: Ryan Atkins (Wakefield Trinity)
St Helens vs Huddersfield Giants
3 Points: Aidan Sezer (Huddersfield Giants)
It’s been an incredible start to the season for both Huddersfield Giants and Aidan Sezer. There were no heavy expectations on Simon Woolford’s side, and they have defied some pre-season critics to be where they are now. Sezer has been the leader and influential figure in the Giants’ offence and organising the defence.
2 Points: Theo Fages (St Helens)
1 Point: Jake Wardle (Huddersfield Giants)
Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
3 Points: Michael McIlorum (Catalans Dragons)
Michael McIlorum moves closer to the top ten standings in the Man of Steel standings after picking up three points. The hooker is one of the key components to making the Catalans Dragons tick, and with their added quality this year he could be the difference in them reaching the Grand Final or not.
2 Points: Remi Casty (Catalans Dragons)
1 Point: Israel Folau (Catalans Dragons)
Wigan Warriors vs Hull KR
3 Points: Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)
Liam Farrell is impressive every time he pulls on the Cherry and White jersey of Wigan. With the introduction of Shaun Wane is the new England head coach, it would not be a surprise to see Farrell pulling on the international jersey in the 2021 Rugby World Cup. Against Hull KR he made 116 metres, 43 tackles and scored a try to earn three Man of Steel points.
2 Points: Jackson Hastings (Wigan Warriors)
1 Point: Bevan French (Wigan Warriors)