Liam Farrell scored twice as his rip-roaring form as a makeshift centre continued in Wigan Warriors’ 19-6 win at Leeds Rhinos on Thursday night.
The Wigan favourite scored the first and last tries of the game in a gritty away victory where he also produced 17 carries.
His Warriors and England team mates Zak Hardaker and John Bateman also featured in the game. Bateman impressed with 37 tackles and 173 running metres, while Hardaker was the choice of many as Player of the Match as he scored an inventive solo try and contirubted 184 running metres, more than any other player on the pitch.
Elsewhere, Friday saw the England and St Helens quartet of Jonny Lomax, James Roby, Alex Walmsley and Tommy Makinson all start as they overcame Wakefield Trinity 34-6.
Lomax shone with two assists on the night, while Roby and Walmsley chipped in with 61 tackles between them. Tommy Makinson kicked four goals to add extra gloss to a comfortable win.
Also on Friday, Castleford pair Paul McShane and Niall Evalds both played prominent roles in the Tigers’ 52-16 demolition of Leigh Centurions.
Evalds clocked up 160 running metres from just eight carries and crossed for a try from full back, as well as producing two assists.
Meanwhile McShane continued his fine form in 2021 with two try assists of his own and 33 tackles.
👌 Another 2⃣ assists for Tomkins!
🐉 The @DragonsOfficiel full back now has five for the season in three league appearances…
— England Rugby League (@England_RL) April 19, 2021
Friday also saw Huddersfield Giants’ Jermaine McGillvary score a landmark try as his first half score at Hull KR took him up to eighth in the all-time Super League tryscorers list, despite only making his top flight debut at the age of 22.
But it was disappointment on the night as, despite McGillvary’s impressive 133 metres from 21 carries, Rovers took the spoils with a 25-24 win.
Sam Tomkins was the star of the show in Perpignan on Saturday as Catalans Dragons recorded an impressive 42-6 win on home turf.
Tomkins chimed in with two more assists in an already impressive season to take his count to five in three league games, while he had a hand in at least three more scores and ran 110 metres with the ball.
It proved to be a disappointing trip for Salford’s Kallum Watkins in opposition as his 12 carries and 16 tackles at centre ultimately proved fruitless.
On Sunday, Warrington Wolves’ England six of Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Toby King, Joe Philbin and Stefan Ratchford all featured in their 14-all draw at Hull FC.
Clark clocked up a remarkable 55 tackles and an assist, Cooper contributed 143 metres at prop, Currie made 44 tackles, King managed 15 carries in the centres and Ratchford, who also chalked up an assist, kicked two goals and made 18 carries,
But Philbin proved to be a stand-out, running 172 metres with the ball and making 29 tackles, despite starting the game on the bench.
In opposition, FC’s Josh Griffin showed up impressively as he made 155 metres from a huge 19 carries.