Round 6 Team of the Week
21 Mar 2022
Round 6 proved that any Betfred Super League team can win on their day. Toulouse Olympique – the final club without a win in 2022 before the weekend’s action began – defeated the unbeaten St Helens in the shock of the round & season so far.
The round kicked off with Wigan Warriors bouncing back after a disappointing defeat last time out. Man of the moment Jai Field continued his fine start to the 2022 campaign with another glittering display against the Tigers – he scored a try and set one up, as well as running for 219 metres whilst making three clean breaks.
Jai said bye 👋 WOW 🤯
This @JaiTField try in @WiganWarriorsRL's win tonight 🔥#SuperLeague #SLWigCas pic.twitter.com/fikfE2emFY
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 17, 2022
Field’s teammate Liam Farrell certainly knows where the try line is, crossing for two tries during the Warriors win, as well as running for 126 metres and making 30 tackles.
Despite being on the losing side on Thursday, Castleford’s Joe Westerman had a huge impact for his side. The loose forward made two clean breaks – along with 174 metres – and was a constant threat in the middle for Cas.
Catalans made it five wins in a row on Friday Night after edging past Hull KR in the South of France. Makeshift prop Mike McMeeken is in a fine run of form for the Dragons – he put in another huge shift in the middle, playing 58 minutes and running for 175 metres from 17 carries with a huge 97 post contact metres.
The Dragons opponents, Hull KR, were valiant in defeat led by captain Shaun Kenny-Dowall. He took the fight to the Dragons and was involved in both Robins’ tries – scoring one and setting up the other. He also ran for 150 metres from 18 carries and completed three offloads.
Joe Burgess 👏🍿
Huge late burst by the Devils, they now lead 20-12 live on @SkySportsRL with 5 remaining#SuperLeague #SLSalLee pic.twitter.com/QlhiZ4vBxJ
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) March 18, 2022
Salford added to the Rhinos woes in Round 6 with a deserved victory at the AJ Bell on Friday. Winger Joe Burgess turned the game on its head with a superb break from a 20-metre restart before an important Red Devils try. It was one of two clean breaks as he helped himself to 125 run metres.
King Vuniyayawa came back to haunt his old club, too. The prop ran for over 200 metres from 20 carries and set up a try following a well-executed break down the middle third to put the game to bed.
Wakefield Trinity earned their first away win at Warrington for the first time since 2014. Their maestro number seven Mason Lino was hugely influential with ball in hand – he scored a brilliant solo try and made two clean breaks, as well as eight tackle busts. He also kicked 7 goals as Trinity ran riot at the Halliwell Jones.
We are running out of superlatives here. 😂
Mason Lino has delivered the goods for @WTrinityRL 👏#C4League | #SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/y5UYEyhrcs
— Channel 4 Sport (@C4Sport) March 19, 2022
Hooker Liam Hood continues to prove his worth at Wakefield and had a busy 65 minutes on Saturday. Hood burrowed his way over for a try, made 3 tackle busts and completed 31 tackles.
Toulouse caused the upset of the season on their way to their first win in Super League. The newcomers toppled the Champions, ending their unbeaten run and laying down a marker for the rest of the season. Captain Tony Gigot by example for the French side, helping his side with two try assists, including the decisive pass which resulted in the winning score.
Experienced winger Matty Russell proved invaluable for Toulouse, too. He crossed for a try and made two clean breaks, as well as running for 134 metres from 17 carries.
Hull FC fought their way to victory in the final game of Round 6. Andre Savelio was a force for the Black & Whites – he scored an important try and made 39 tackles whilst missing none. Mitieli Vulikijapani staked his claim for a full-time centre spot at FC with a strong display – he also crossed for a try and made 24 tackles, again missing none.