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Ranked: The five best fullbacks in Super League in 2024

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Fullbacks are often the stars of the show for the top sides in Super League.

It’s a unique position, with the number one being the last line of defence, a key creative outlet and, crucially, the player that has to be as comfortable as possible underneath a high kick.

We’ve got some fantastic talent there this season, particularly with some top players coming from Down Under in the past few seasons.

But with so many contenders, who has been the very best in 2024?

We delve into the stats and take into account their impact on the field, as we rank the best fullbacks the Super League has had to offer so far this season.

Ranked: the five best fullbacks in Super League in 2024

5. Matt Moylan (Leigh Leopards)

Leigh Leopards star Matt Moylan with teammates after scoring a Super League try against Hull FC.

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11 try assists for a side that struggled for large parts of this season is seriously impressive, and this is exactly what Matt Moylan brings to Adrian Lam’s side going forward.

It may seem silly to put a player that’s only played four games at fullback in this ranking, but if anything, this shows just how good he’s been at fullback.

The Leopards have only lost one of the four games he’s played there, compared to five of the six when he was playing in the halves, with Gareth O’Brien instead at number one.

He was lauded as a huge signing coming into this season by many, and they’ve been proved right so far, with a string of good performances helping them over the line in important victories, such as against Hull FC, when he kicked nine out of ten attempts.

From the boot, we’ve seen a range of performances from Moylan, with just one successful attempt out of three against Warrington being the deciding factor in a 14-16 defeat, but he certainly makes up for it elsewhere, and has shown to be an important part of the defence too.

There’s already talk of an NRL return, but so far, it looks like none have actually tabled a bid.

He’s contracted through 2025, so, hopefully, we’ll see him continue to light up the field in Super League until then.

4. Arthur Mourgue (Catalans Dragons)

Arthur Mourgue in a Catalans Dragons shirt.

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A special talent, the Frenchman has made the Dragons’ number one shirt his own over the past couple of seasons, only briefly losing out to Sam Tomkins at the end of 2023.

It’s worth noting that he wasn’t the starting fullback for four of their seven losses last season, and only didn’t start there seven times all season.

He’s good with his boot, being perfect from the tee in the last four games he’s played, and gets his side out of trouble time and time again at the back of the field.

Mourgue’s impact is probably underrated by many, but his calming nature and excellent skill with the ball is something that deserves to be respected.

The future of French rugby league looks bright, and Mourgue will be at the very centre of it – or rather, at fullback.

3. Jai Field (Wigan Warriors)

Wigan Warriors star Jai Field celebrates with the Super League trophy.

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Sometimes, it seems like Jai Field can do anything.

From one of the best try-saving tackles in history against Penrith Panthers in the World Club Challenge, to going up the other end and carving out opportunities for his teammates to shine, he’s an incredible asset for the current league leaders.

Ultimately, for those at the very top, consistency is key, and this man has that in abundance, helping to keep his side in the upper echelons of the game week in, week out.

He scored 19 tries last season, including scoring in five of the last six games of the season – at the crunch-end of the season, he was incredibly important on their way to becoming Super League champions.

However, his output going forward this year hasn’t been great, scoring just one try, and although his seven try assists are impressive, they’re not quite up there with his peers.

Despite this, the Warriors have still been excellent this season, and his class is still there for all to see, even if the stats don’t necessarily show this.

2. Jack Welsby (St Helens)

Jack Welsby in Super League action for St Helens.

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Although not currently at his brilliant best, it’s always hard to sleep on Jack Welsby.

There are times where he looks like the best fullback in the world, and indeed did probably hold that title during his side’s incredible 2022.

However, this year, alongside most of Paul Wellens’ side, he’s looked a bit more human.

Despite this, he’s still one of the league’s top try scorers, with 11, and he’s still been one of Saints’ stand-out players this season, meaning he’s still right up there with the league’s best.

He’s also managed nine try assists.

He’s scored in all three of his side’s league losses this year, and the 23-year-old will be the man to drag his side to a trophy if they manage one again this year.

1. Matt Dufty (Warrington Wolves)

Matt Dufty scores a try.for Warrington Wolve in a Super League game against Hull KR.

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Dufty has been a revelation for the Wolves this season.

His March was particularly impressive, as he scored in a comfortable victory over Castleford on the first of the month, and followed this up with a late game-winner in a thriller against Hull KR.

His hattrick against London Broncos furthered his spectacular try-scoring exploits, and he shone even in defeat to Catalans.

Overall, however, he’s racked up an impressive eight tries and nine try assists in a season that has seen the Wolves look like genuine contenders in Super League this season.

This is in no small part down to his incredible performances, surely the finest since joining from NRL side Canterbury Bulldogs in 2022.

Matt Dufty, we think, has been the best fullback in Super League in 2024.

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  1. Steve Myers

    May 28, 2024 at 4:02 pm

    You appear to have omitted the full back who is top of the try assist list. The only thing is he’s English and plays in Yorkshire. His name Niall Evalds.

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