Castleford Tigers star wins player award

Rangi Chase in action for Castleford Tigers at Bradford. Picture: ALLAN MCKENZIE
Rangi Chase in action for Castleford Tigers at Bradford. Picture: ALLAN MCKENZIE
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CASTLEFORD Tigers star Rangi Chase has been crowned Frontline Index Player of the Round following his performance in last weekend’s Engage Super League round six match against Bradford Bulls.

Chase amassed 854 index points to take top spot ahead of St Helens full-back Paul Wellens. Despite being on the losing side, the stand-off put in an impressive performance, bursting eight tackles to gain a total of 176 metres with the ball while committing no handling errors.

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield is still leading the race for the final reward after gaining the most points in a round following his Round two total of 987, narrowly ahead of team-mate Brent Webb’s round five score of 982.

Hull FC are the only side to have more than one representative in this week’s Frontline Index with Danny Tickle joining captain Craig Fitzgibbon in the forwards after their 20-6 defeat to Wakefield Wildcats. Wakefield forward Julien Rinaldi has also been included in the Team select.

Huddersfield’s Luke O’Donnell, Salford’s Ryan Boyle and Bradford’s Nick Scruton complete the forward line-up.

Taking up the wings in the Frontline Index Team of the Round are Leeds Rhinos player Ryan Hall and Wigan Warriors’ Josh Charnley. Also included in the team are Hull KR’s Scott Murrell. Warrington Wolves centre Matty Blythe and Catalan Dragons player Ben Farrar.

Points are calculated from every action made by players with every involvement given a points value depending on the importance and frequency of the action. For example a try would be the highest scoring value, with actions such as tackles and carries scoring smaller values. Mistakes such as handling errors or penalties conceded would incur negative values.

At the end of a match, all the players’ actions will be added together to give a game score. The 13 individuals with the highest scores in each position on the field of play will earn inclusion in the Frontline Index Team of the Week with the highest scoring individual earning the Frontline Index Player of the Week title.

The player with the single most outstanding performance during the regular season will win the Frontline Index and be presented with a £1,000 cheque at the 2011 Engage Super League Man of Steel dinner.

Rangi Chase statistics versus Bradford Bulls: 191 metres; 8 tackle busts; 1 clean break; 3 tackles; 17 kicks in play; 0 penalties conceded; 0 handling errors.

Frontline Index Team of the Round

1. Paul Wellens (St Helens) 810

2. Josh Charnley (Wigan Warriors) 698

3. Ben Farrar (Catalan Dragons) 731

4. Matty Blythe (Warrington Wolves) 643

5. Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 583

6. Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers) 854

7. Scott Murrell (Hull KR) 804

8. Nick Scruton (Bradford Bulls) 720

9. Julien Rinaldi (Wakefield Wildcats) 622

10. Ryan Boyle (Salford City Reds) 648

11. Luke O’Donnell (Huddersfield Giants) 696

12. Danny Tickle (Hull FC) 603

13. Craig Fitzgibbon (Hull FC) 721