2 – Ryan Hall
Formerly the ‘World’s best winger’ to some but runner-up on this occasion is Leeds Rhinos’ Ryan Hall.
Hall was heavily criticised last season and was even considered quiet but a strong finish to the year just showed there’s plenty of life in this ‘old dog’ yet.
Helping Leeds to an eighth Super League title plus England to a World Cup Final was nothing short of superb.
He was easily one of the most consistent players last season, scoring 14 tries in 34 appearances but his all-round contribution was his highlight.
From making 3398 metres from 428 carries to 14 clean breaks, Hall used his strength to great affect and quickly silenced his critics.
Hence his ranking, given such previous experience and how much prowess remains in this figure as he and the Rhinos chase yet more silverware in 2018.
1 – Jermaine McGillvary
But there was only one obvious choice for number one and that is Huddersfield Giants’ Jermaine McGillvary.
McGillvary has had a sensational year, impressing so much that he became a contender for the Golden Boot award.
Of course he lost out to Cameron Smith, but McGillvary still performed so well, especially at the World Cup as he attracted attention from several figures in Australia.
Though he is here to remain for now, the Giants would do well to maintain his services.
Having topped the clubs stats for carries (448), metres (3883), clean breaks (23) and tries (19) and second on offloads (17) and tackle busts (74), did anyone else stand a chance of ousting him?
He owes his ‘superhuman’ strength for such a feat as he consistently caused problems for every opposition he faced in 2018.
So yes, a pretty obvious choice. Some could disagree but for any reasons why would be most bewildering.
He should continue such impressive form in the new season and possibly keep the Giants a Super 8s side as they aim to return as contenders.
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