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Ranked: The five best scrum-halves in Super League

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Super League has had some brilliant scrum-halves across the years with one of the very best in Rob Burrow sadly passing away this past weekend, but how do the current crop in Super League stand up?

The scrum-half is often the creative spark in the team and Super League boasts plenty of talent at the position but there still exists a wide range of playing styles among the position.

Players like Mikey Lewis carry a running threat whereas those such as Marc Sneyd and Harry Smith are masters with the boot and can pin teams under pressure easily. All three of those names feature in our top five but who will come out on top?

This season’s stats and the general eye test will sway the ranking with plenty of elite players such as Lewis Dodd missing out on account of a quiet campaign. With that said here are Serious About Rugby League’s top five scrum-halves.

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Who are the best scrum-halves in Super League?

5: Lachlan Lam (Leigh Leopards)

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Lachlan Lam earned Dream Team honours last season and was certainly the best scrum-half in the competition. The Papua New Guinean international hasn’t hit the same heights this season but has been hindered by a mountain of injuries around him.

Now that Leigh are finding their form, Lam is starting to come into his own and that’s been backed by his recent performances. He’s registered two tries and four assists in his last four games and will be paramount if the Leopards are to make a playoff push.

4: Adam Clune (Huddersfield Giants)

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Adam Clune signed for the Giants from NRL side Newcastle Knights and boasts the same stats that Lam does so far with three tries and six assists. He has been the constant in the Giants’ spine this season with Ian Watson chopping and changing around him.

Whether playing with Ollie Russell or Tui Lolohea, the Australian has impressed and had his best game of the season against Leeds Rhinos back in April. That day he bagged a try and an assist as well as 145 metres with the ball including his last-minute breakaway try to win the game.

3: Harry Smith (Wigan Warriors)

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Harry Smith is perhaps unlucky to find himself as low as three in this list but that denotes the level of those ahead of him, and isn’t a statement as to Smith dropping in form. In fact, he’s shown sparks of the form that he displayed in the end-of-season international against Tonga for which he won Man of the Series.

Smith actually only has eight try contributions this season but he serves as the general in a Wigan team that currently tops the table. His kicking game is suffocating and pins oppositions in their own half whilst he has also landed a 40-20 this season. Moreover, he’s vastly improved his goalkicking landing 32 from 41 this season.

2: Marc Sneyd (Salford Red Devils)

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On the topic of goalkicking, Marc Sneyd is the very best in Super League and his boot is so often the reason why Salford manage to win. Salford’s talisman has missed just four goals all season whilst kicking 44 as well as notching two drop goals.

His four-assist tally at the weekend against London Broncos capped a Man of the Match performance and earned him three Man of Steel points, a competition that he currently leads. Those four assists took his season tally to 14 with just Niall Evalds ahead of him.

1: Mikey Lewis (Hull KR)

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Quite simply, Mikey Lewis is one of the most exciting players in Super League right now. His electric pace and ability to duck under or evade tackles make him the most dangerous running half in Super League. Add to that his 13 assists and you’ve got an incredible talent.

He’s also bagged seven tries this season and has cleared 100 metres in his past three games. He has mastered the art of the one-hand scroop at dummy-half which is what makes him such a tough player to defend and contributed to his 67 tackle busts, more than five a game.

All stats sourced from the Super League website

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  1. Graham Codd

    June 5, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    Depends what you want from your scrum-half. If you just want a game manager you’d probably choose Smith but he’ll be a creative running scrum-half. If you want a game-breaker and match-winner then Lewis any day of the week.

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