Often Super League success is built on a solid halfback pairing and that has been the case throughout Super League history.
So, with that in mind, here are our five best ever Super League halfback partnerships.
5. Blake Green and Matty Smith – Wigan Warriors
After winning the Grand Final in 2010, Wigan Warriors didn’t quite kick on and create the Grand Final winning dynasty you would have expected. It was the arrival of Blake Green and Matty Smith which changed that in 2013 as they delivered both the Grand Final and Challenge Cup Final win. They returned to Old Trafford again in 2014 too. Green was also a deserving winner of Harry Sunderland Award.
4. Robbie Paul and Henry Paul – Bradford Bulls
Helped along by being brothers, these two formed the only all non-British halfback pairing to win a Grand Final in Super League history in 2001 and in doing so led the Bulls to the most comprehensive Grand Final win in history: 37-6 against Wigan Warriors.
3. Jonny Lomax and Theo Fages – St Helens
It was Theo Fages’ move to scrum half that took St Helens from being the dominant league leaders who couldn’t win big finals to back-to-back Super League Champions. The ideal modern pairing with speed and organisation, they were at the heart of this current St Helens dynasty.
2. Leon Pryce and Sean Long – St Helens
The driving force behind the 2006 treble win and what many believed was the greatest Super League side in history. Between the two they had great organisation, creativity and support play. They would have won more Grand Finals if not for…
1. Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield – Leeds Rhinos
Between them, these three legends have 23 Super League Grand Final winners’ rings. In seven Grand Finals, some sort of combination of McGuire, Burrow and Sinfield started in an Old Trafford win and in six of Leeds’ eight Grand Final triumphs, one of the three were the Harry Sunderland Award winner. McGuire in 2017 and Burrow in 2011 produced arguably the two greatest Grand Final performances. McGuire is Super League’s all time top try scorer and Sinfield is the league’s leading points scorer and Leeds’ hero in the 2009 Grand Final. Yes not a pair, but these three as a partnership were the driving force behind the golden generation.