Recently, we asked you to vote on Facebook and Twitter for who you felt deserved to be in Super League’s all-time greatest XIII.
After voting concluded, we have calculated the scores for each position – which consisted of six contenders for each position – and have the final results below.
1. Paul Wellens (57%)
Taking more than half your votes for the full-back role is St Helens’ legend Paul Wellens. ‘Wello’ has 439 Super League appearances to his name – the third highest total in the competition’s history – and a total of 199 Super League tries. He won five Super League titles from 1999-2014 and is also one of very few players to win the Harry Sunderland Award (2006) Man of Steel (2006) and the Lance Todd Trophy (2007 & 2008).
2. Lesley Vainikolo (59%)
It’s unsurprising that ‘Big Les’ walked away with 59% of the wingers’ vote given his amazing try-scoring record. In 2004, he and Danny McGuire revolutionised what it meant to be the league’s top scorer as they both notched 38 Super League tries, while his tries in a game record – the six he posted against Hull FC in 2005 – is unlikely to ever be exceeded.
3. Jamie Lyon (35%)
Despite only playing in Super League for two seasons, Jamie Lyon is still considered one of the best players to have played in the competition. Those two campaigns saw him guide St Helens to back-to-back League Leaders’ Shields, before they secured the treble in 2006. Lyon was also named Man of Steel during his first season in England, consistently showcasing his world-class ability week on week.
4. Keith Senior (46%)
No surprises that ‘the ever-green man of the Super League’ Keith Senior takes the other centre spot. Having played in the competition’s very first season with Sheffield, Senior moved to Leeds in 1999 and went on to win four Super League titles. He became a legend of the Headingley club, scoring 199 Super League tries, while also appearing in the Super League Dream Team on four occasions.
5. Ryan Hall (23%)
Former Leeds winger Ryan Hall edged the other wing spot in this team with 23% of the vote. Hall scored 30 or more tries in four consecutive Super League seasons between 2009 and 2012, producing arguably the most incredible moment in the competition’s history when his last-gasp effort won Leeds the League Leaders’ Shield in 2015. Hall was a big-game player for club and country, scoring in three of the six Grand Finals he won with the Rhinos.
6. Danny McGuire (68%)
With 68% of the vote, McGuire is the biggest runaway winner of the entire team. His 247 Super League tries makes him the competition’s all-time top try-scorer, with his ability to produce big moments in big games pretty much unrivalled. He’s scored eight tries at Old Trafford down the years, the most of any player in the Grand Final, with his haul of eight Super League titles only bettered by Jamie Peacock.
7. Rob Burrow (44%)
Alongside McGuire for all eight of those Grand Final successes was Rob Burrow. Arguably the most fearless player the competition has seen, Burrow switched to hooker later in his career but did thrive in the halves for a sustained period. He is a two-time Harry Sunderland Award winner and scored almost certainly the greatest ever Grand Final try with his superb individual effort against St Helens at Old Trafford in 2011.
8. Adrian Morley (26%)
Despite arguably playing his prime years in the NRL, Morley still sneaks into this greatest ever Super League team. Prior to his stint down under, ‘Moz’ became one of the most fearsome players in the competition for Leeds before returning to Super League with Warrington. His mentality and physicality were key factors in the Wolves becoming a huge force in Super League in the 2010s. Morley skippered Wire to four major trophies and he led them out in their first two Grand Final appearances.
9. Keiron Cunningham (34%)
Cunningham epitomised everything that was great about St Helens in their golden decade between 1996 and 2006. ‘Kez’ was crucial in their five Super League titles in that spell, claiming a place in the Super League Dream Team on no fewer than eight occasions. He finished his Saints career with 496 appearances, 175 tries and cult hero status, leading the club to erect a statue of Cunningham outside their new stadium at the end of his career.
10. Jamie Peacock (56%)
Super League’s most successful player simply had to be in this side. Peacock was a cornerstone of success in arguably the greatest sides in the history of both Bradford and Leeds. The 11-time Dream Team member and 2003 Man of Steel won an incredible nine Super League titles in a career that spanned just shy of two decades. His haul of 22 major trophies is unlikely to ever be matched.
11. Chris Joynt (22%)
The scorer of arguably the most famous Super League try ever also isn’t a surprising inclusion here. Joynt was a talismanic skipper at Saints, leading them to three Grand Finals, including back-to-back Old Trafford wins in 1999 and 2000, becoming the first side to successfully defend their Super League crown. In his superb eight-year St Helens career, Joynt made 383 appearances and scored an impressive 121 tries despite playing in the back-row.
12. Gareth Ellis (45%)
Ellis is a stalwart of Super League and the only player to make the list still playing in the competition. Having started at Wakefield, he signed for Leeds and excelled in a star-studded team that won a pair of world titles and back-to-back Super League crowns. He had a very successful spell in the NRL with Wests Tigers before returning to Hull FC and captaining the club to their first ever Challenge Cup Final victory at Wembley. He repeated the feat a year later before retiring, only to come back last season and he has remained a regular for the Airlie Birds ever since.
13. Paul Sculthorpe (37%)
Sculthorpe’s class is highlighted by the fact he beat the likes of Andy Farrell, Kevin Sinfield and Sean O’Loughlin to the loose-forward role in this team. He is one of Super League’s greatest players, underlined by his back-to-back Man of Steel trophy wins in 2001 and 2002, the only man to win the award in consecutive years. ‘Scully’ won three Super League titles at Saints and was the club’s captain for five years, including the season they won the treble in 2006. His career was unfortunately cut short by injury but on his day and when in top form, few could live with Sculthorpe at any level of the game.