Once upon a time, Leon Pryce was one of Super League’s best players. A Grand Final hero in 2005 for the Bradford Bulls, the following season he joined St Helens to finally show what he could do in the halves and took the competition by storm guiding the Saints to treble.
That was just the tip of the iceberg where his superb career was concerned but nowadays he sits on the outside often weighing in when it comes to the league’s biggest talking points.
Yesterday, he did just that as he identified the league’s best player in his opinion.
It was a superb day of rugby all told. The Castleford-Salford game was superb and the encounter between Leeds and Hull FC to finish the day was one of the best games the Magic Weekend has ever seen.
But arguably the best and most dramatic match of the day was Catalans titanic battle with Champions St Helens. The Dragons clawed their way back after trailing 30-12 with just minutes left before winning the game in extra time to secure the League Leaders’ Shield.
As per usual, Sam Tomkins was central to Catalans’ win. The former Wigan man is in the running for the Man of Steel once again and was excellent yesterday scoring the game’s opening try.
It’s been a brilliant season for Tomkins who’s proven age is but a number as he produces arguably the best form of his career topping the showings he came up with to claim the Man of Steel back in 2012 when he had pace to burn.
His performance yesterday confirmed to Pryce that Tomkins is indeed the league’s best player despite being in the twilight of his career. Pryce even took to twitter to say:
Tomkins still best player in super league
— Leon Pryce (@leonpryce6) September 4, 2021
The question now is, can Tomkins guide the Dragons to Old Trafford and Super League glory? If he does, he will surely prove Pryce right and confirm his status as a Super League legend.