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Players from both sides of the Hull division make our Betfred Super League Magic Weekend XIII; Huddersfield Giants, Salford Red Devils, St Helens, Toulouse Olympique and Warrington Wolves are also represented.

Last update: 07/11/22 13:43


Jermaine McGillvary’s performance for Huddersfield earns him a place on our Magic Weekend team

We pick our team from the standout performers from the big Betfred Super League weekend at St James’ Park in Newcastle…

1. Jack Walker (Hull FC)

The fullback delivered a man-of-the-match performance on his debut for the Black and Whites, who closed Magic Weekend with a thrilling derby win over Hull Kingston Rovers.

Walker provided an assist in the 34-28 win, in addition to rushing 135 yards, making one clean break and breaking seven tackles.

Hull FC's Jack Walker says his team's victory over rivals Hull Kingston Rovers is huge for morale after a run of bad luck.

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Hull FC’s Jack Walker says his team’s victory over rivals Hull Kingston Rovers is huge for morale after a run of bad luck.

Hull FC’s Jack Walker says his team’s victory over rivals Hull Kingston Rovers is huge for morale after a run of bad luck.

2. Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)

The former England winger proved once again that he remains one of the Super League’s most prolific scorers with a brace in Huddersfield’s 30-18 win over Salford Red Devils.

McGillvary’s scoring came thanks to him going 146 meters with an average gain of nine meters, notching two clean breaks and two takedowns.

3. Sam Wood (Kingston Rovers Helmet)

The center was among Hull KR’s try scorers as they were eliminated in a thrilling clash with Hull FC, who moved one way then the other.

Sam Wood scores Hull Kingston Rovers' second try as they try to come from behind against rivals Hull FC at Magic Weekend.

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Sam Wood scores Hull Kingston Rovers’ second try as they try to come from behind against rivals Hull FC at Magic Weekend.

Sam Wood scores Hull Kingston Rovers’ second try as they try to come from behind against rivals Hull FC at Magic Weekend.

Wood’s touchdown came thanks to a 79-meter run with an average gain of nine meters, recording a clean break and five tackles. He also came up with 21 tackles on defense.

4. Liam Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos)

The center played a big role as the Rhinos won the West Yorkshire derby against Castleford Tigers 34-20 in the final match of Day 1.

Sutcliffe scored a try and provided two assists and ran 128 meters with an average gain of 10 meters, along with two clean breaks and nine tackles.

5. Matty Russell (Toulouse Olympique)

Toulouse Olympique's Matty Russell scores his second try of the game to put his team comfortably ahead of Wakefield Trinity.

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Toulouse Olympique’s Matty Russell scores his second try of the game to put his team comfortably ahead of Wakefield Trinity.

Toulouse Olympique’s Matty Russell scores his second try of the game to put his team comfortably ahead of Wakefield Trinity.

Two attempts from the winger helped Toulouse to what could be a crucial 38-26 victory over Wakefield Trinity in the opening match of Magic Weekend.

Russell charged for 161 meters with an average gain of nine meters as well, as well as making three clean breaks and three tackling busts.

6. Jack Welsby (St. Helena)

Welsby lined up in the halves for Saints in the derby clash with Wigan Warriors and had a try and an assist to help the reigning champions to a 20-18 victory.

There's no catching Jack Welsby as he makes his attempt and brings St Helens back to the tail of Wigan Warriors.

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There’s no catching Jack Welsby as he makes his attempt and brings St Helens back to the tail of Wigan Warriors.

There’s no catching Jack Welsby as he makes his attempt and brings St Helens back to the tail of Wigan Warriors.

The England international did 142 meters with an average gain of seven meters too, along with a clean break and four tackle busts.

7. George Williams (Warrington Wolves)

Williams was at the center of things for Warrington as they secured a much-needed 36-10 victory over Catalans Dragons in the second game on Sunday.

The midfielder managed a try for the Wolves and also provided three assists, as well as going 144 meters with a clean break and three tackles.

8. Sam Luckley (Salford Red Devils)

Salford Red Devils' Sam Luckley celebrated his try at St James' Park with a nod to Newcastle great Alan Shearer!

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Salford Red Devils’ Sam Luckley celebrated his try at St James’ Park with a nod to Newcastle great Alan Shearer!

Salford Red Devils’ Sam Luckley celebrated his try at St James’ Park with a nod to Newcastle great Alan Shearer!

The Team of the Week is usually compiled with the help of Opta stats, but sometimes it goes beyond the numbers that players produce.

So prop Geordie from Salford joins our team for one of Magic’s highlights this year, with his attempt in front of the Gallowgate booth and Alan Shearer-style celebration. Do we see it again? Oh go on then…

9. Nathan Peats (Toulouse Olympique)

A try and an assist from the hooker helped Toulouse on its way to victory over Wakefield in the battle of the last two.

Toulouse Olympique's Nathan Peats levels things up at St James' Park.

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Toulouse Olympique’s Nathan Peats levels things up at St James’ Park.

Toulouse Olympique’s Nathan Peats levels things up at St James’ Park.

Peats did 58 meters with an average gain of seven meters as well, along with a clean break and two takedowns. On the defensive end, he also made 38 tackles.

10. Matt Prior (Leeds Rhinos)

A try from the Australian prop capped off a strong performance in which he helped set the stage for Leeds’ victory over Castleford.

Prior ran 106 meters with an average gain of nine meters, broke two tackles and made a clean break. He also produced 25 tackles on defense.

11. Matty Nicholson (Warrington Wolves)

Matty Nicholson scores an excellent try in his debut for the Warrington Wolves at Magic Weekend.

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Matty Nicholson scores an excellent try in his debut for the Warrington Wolves at Magic Weekend.

Matty Nicholson scores an excellent try in his debut for the Warrington Wolves at Magic Weekend.

Nothing says ‘welcome to the big time’ like a try-scoring debut for his club in which he is also named man of the match.

That was the case with Warrington’s recent signing of Nicholson against the Catalans, with the second row enjoying a stellar start at the club following his move from Wigan.

12. Ellis Longstaff (Hull FC)

Another debutant who made a big impact for Hull FC in beating their cross-town rivals at St James’ Park was second row Longstaff.

Ellis Longstaff puts Hull FC ahead on their debut against rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at Magic Weekend.

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Ellis Longstaff puts Hull FC ahead on their debut against rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at Magic Weekend.

Ellis Longstaff puts Hull FC ahead on their debut against rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at Magic Weekend.

Two quick second-half attempts helped propel his team to victory, as did the 30 tackles he made on the defensive side of the ball.

13. Elliot Minchella (Helmet Kingston Rovers)

Minchella was ruled out of a possible late try as Hull KR were beaten by their bitter rivals, but produced an excellent display for the Robins in the back row.

The loose forward provided an assist and rode 118 meters with an average gain of 10 meters, plus a clean break and tackle bust. Defensively, he also made 42 tackles.

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