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Ranked: The five best props in Super League in 2024

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Wingers score the tries, full-backs offer the flair and half-backs orchestrate but props put in the ugly hard yards and tough tackles, and in Super League there are plenty of elite ones. That said, who have been the best props so far in 2025?

Quantifying what the best is can be difficult but generally, the eye test tells you all you need to know, however, stats can also be incredibly helpful. For this ranking a mixture of the two and no doubt a hint of personal bias will be used with certain players making more appeal based on the ‘unquantifiables’.

Quite often the best metric to rank players can simply be ‘How does a player make you feel when you watch them?’ Do you get excited when they run a support line, take a hit-up, or land a shot?

With those very loose metrics set out, here are the five best props in Super League so far in the 2024 season.

Who are the top five props in Super League in 2024?

5: Luke Thompson – Wigan Warriors

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One of the biggest signings for Super League as a competition, not just Wigan, was Luke Thompson. The return of the England international from the NRL was major news and created huge expectations and Thompson has delivered.

Thompson was unfortunate to miss out on the World Club Challenge earlier in the season after being ruled out following a failed HIA in Round One against Castleford Tigers, however, he hasn’t dwelled on that and has kicked on to remind Super League why he is the best in the business.

His resurgent form will also put him on Shaun Wane’s radar for the mid-season international, something that he’s been unable to partake in during his time down under but he’ll almost certainly be in the squad to face France in the summer.

4: Tyler Dupree – Wigan Warriors

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Another Wigan Warriors man who makes the list, such are their riches in the forwards department, but this time it’s the younger star Tyler Dupree. After signing from Salford midway through last season, Dupree has had a brilliant start to life in Cherry and White.

Still just 24 years old, Dupree is developing at a rapid rate and has made himself a nuisance from the start and off the bench for Matt Peet’s side this season. More incredible is that Dupree has played 22 games for the club but lost just two of those.

He’s made just nine appearances but his impact is undeniable with 21 tackle busts on just 100 carries being one of the most impressive stats. Dupree’s inclusion is perhaps one of those that comes with personal bias, more for what the potential of this talented Englishman is.

3: Matty Lees – St Helens

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Yet another Englishman makes the list but this time it’s a man on the other side of the Good Friday derby. Matty Lees has had to do an awful lot of work this season with the Saints pack limited due to injuries and the 26-year-old has more than met the challenge.

His last four games have seen him notch more than 30 tackles in each whilst he also started to become a bigger running threat in the absence of players like Alex Walmsley and Agnatius Paasi. His Round 11 performance against Castleford Tigers saw him take a whopping 23 carries for 189 metres.

One of the reasons Lees makes the list though is how important he is to Saints and he shows that in what he limits. He limits his error count (2), limits his penalties (1) and limits missed tackles (7), all impressive stats for a player who is making an average of almost 30 tackles a game.

2: Herman Ese’ese – Hull FC

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Another signing prior to the 2024 season and another man who has met the high expectations, and that’s been crucial for Hull FC who have failed in other areas of recruitment. They certainly haven’t missed on Ese’ese though with the 29-year-old quickly establishing himself as one of the best in his position, despite the club’s own shortfalls.

Ese’ese has a whopping 21 offloads in his ten games and is carrying Hull FC’s pack at times. His past seven appearances have seen him average over 115 metres a game which is mightily impressive given how much his side get dominated.

He punches holes in defences but is ultimately let down by the lack of a supporting cast, perhaps that changes in 2025.

1: Tom Amone – Leigh Leopards

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Tom Amone might have only played seven games for Leigh Leopards this season after suffering injuries but those seven games have been on such a high level that he has to be deemed the best prop in Super League at the moment.

That’s exactly how Gus Gould described him after his Canterbury Bulldogs confirmed that they had signed the 27-year-old.

Gould said: “We are very excited to have Tom Amone returning to the NRL. He has been the best front-row forward in the UK for the past two years and he will certainly be a boost to our forward stocks.”

It’s hard to argue that he’s wrong. Amone was a Dream Team player in 2023 and his current campaign, whilst dented by injury, has seen him average almost 30 tackles and over 18 carries a game. It is no coincidence that as he’s finding his match fitness, the Leopards have started to find their form too.

His performance against Castleford perhaps best highlights why he tops this list; 34 tackles, 4 tackle busts, 27 carries, 198 metres and 2 offloads. Tom Amone is an absolute superstar and Super League fans need to enjoy him whilst we still have him.

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