It’s always handy having a player that can turn four points into six with the kick of a boot.
Over the years, Super League has seen some incredible goal-kickers, with the likes of Kevin Sinfield and Sean Long earning a reputation for their ability to strike the ball between the posts.
But, there are still plenty of good goal-kickers in the present day and age. Here are the top five.
5. Danny Richardson
For a player that topped the points scoring and goal-kicking charts for St Helens in 2018, Danny Richardson has always been one of the most prolific with the boot. However, a hiatus in 2019 with Saints prompted a move to Castleford ahead of the 2020 season, yet he still made 48 conversions despite the Tigers’ struggles in attack and his injury towards the back end of the year. Will likely show his goal-kicking advantages in 2021.
4. James Maloney
A halfback that regularly kicked above 75 per cent accuracy in his time in the NRL, James Maloney’s goal-kicking prowess has shown little sign of slowing down since his move to Super League in 2020. Despite Catalans playing just 13 games last season – six less than Wakefield – Maloney was third in the goal-kicking charts with 55 conversions as he became a figure the French side could rely on in front of the sticks.
3. Lachlan Coote
With the rate of knots at which St Helens scored tries in 2020, it’s perhaps unsurprising that the club had an accomplished goal-kicker to take advantage of the points being scored. No wonder then, that Lachlan Coote converted the most goals last season with 60. Although not as accurate as numbers one or two in this list, the fullback is still fairly reliable and has been key in turning four points into six since his arrival at Saints.
2. Rhyse Martin
Martin established himself as one of the greatest goal-kickers the NRL has ever seen during his time Down Under, with his debut year (2018) yielding 14 appearances. His success rate of conversion attempts was staggering to say the least; the second-rower made 36 goals from 38 attempts at an incredible 94.7 per cent accuracy. Though Martin’s accuracy for Leeds has not quite those heights, the PNG international still has nearly 100 goals to his name.
1. Marc Sneyd
The Man with the Golden Foot; Marc Sneyd hit the headlines back in 2014 when he hit 77 per cent accuracy as Castleford went all the way to the Challenge Cup Final. Now at Hull FC, Sneyd regularly hits the ball through the Hs as rugby league fans have become accustomed to his unique kicking style of facing the opposite end of the field to the posts. A picture of concentration as he prepares to strike, the halfback can almost certainly be relied upon for an extra two points.