With the end of the season approaching a lot of rugby league websites have named their team of the season. So I have done this but with a difference.
I have named a starting 13 but every super league club having at least one representative. This has been incredibly difficult to choose. The best players haven’t necessarily been chosen but just whichever players fit in to accommodate the the rest of the players in the team.
Here is my team:
1. Jamie Shaul
Shaul has had an outstanding season so far for Hull FC. He’s been so impressive that supporters are calling for him to play full back for England especially after the poor form of Sam Tomkins and Zak Hardaker. With 14 tries and 7 try assists he has been a key player for the Black and Whites.
2. Tom Johnstone
Tom Johnstone has a player that has come into his own in 2016. He is Wakefield’s top try scorer and similar to Shaul has been linked to be given his England debut. But this looks unlikely due to the form of other wingers and he is not playing as well as he was at the beginning of the season. One for the future and I’m sure big clubs will be sniffing around him soon despite him recently signing a long term deal with the Wildcats.
3. Mark Percival
Percival is one of the most exciting talents in super league. In a season plagued with injuries he has managed 6 tries and 7 assists and has struck up a lethal home grown partnership with Adam Swift. He is expected to return from injury before the end of the season and Saints fans will feel much more confident about their grand final hopes when he is back.
4. Iain Thornley
Apologies to Hull KR fans but it was tough finding a Rovers player to be in this team. Unlike rivals Hull FC who are flying high at the top of the table, KR are struggling. They are looking likely to be heading for the million pound game. Thornley, in his first season at Rovers, has looked impressive and has helped himself to 10 tries. He has been a bright light in a forgettable campaign.
5. Corey Thompson
Thompson joined Widnes this year and has exceeded expectations already. He is an NRL grand final winner and he has been brilliant at both ends of the pitch. He is 2nd in the top try scorer chart with 23 tries and is very good defensively as he showed in last weeks victory over Wigan which earned him man of the match.
6. George Williams
Williams was given a boost of confidence last season by coach Shaun Wane as he was given the number six shirt. He proved him right by winning super league young player of the year last year and has continued his development into this year. He’s been consistently brilliant for the Warriors.
7. Luke Gale
What a player Luke Gale has become! In his second season at Castleford he has become a brilliant scrum half who is at heart of everything that the Tigers do. He’s just secured his second consecutive
Albert Goldthorpe medal and has an amazing 40 try assists.
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