Super League displays some of the best rugby league in the world, year in and year out, and part of that comes down to the high scoring games where teams go toe to toe, or even the blowouts where a team put on a masterclass.
In such games we get to see masters at work as they rack up the points with examples of late including Bevan French scoring 28 points in a game solely through tries, whilst kickers on such teams can also rack up point – Harry Smith scored 20 himself in that 60-0 drubbing of Hull FC.
Doing it across a whole season is another thing though, so here’s the five highest scoring seasons from an individual player.
5. Paul Deacon (2005) – 359 points
In a season where Bradford Bulls would reclaim the title, and win their latest Super League to date, Paul Deacon was instrumental for them scoring 359 points. It did help him that he had Lesley Vainikolo running riot on the wing scoring 25 tries with Deacon scoring almost a third of his team’s 1038 points in the regular season. Deacon tallied 12 tries across that period but when it came to the playoffs he excelled with the boot. He kicked 10 of 11 conversions in a 71-0 win over Hull FC as the Bulls went on to lift the Grand Final trophy following Deacon’s 11 points a game in the playoffs.
4. Sean Long (2000) – 390 points
The current Featherstone Rovers coach scored an incredible 390 points across his 30 appearances in the 2000 Super League season. His huge average of 13 points a came came courtesy of 22 tries on the year with the 24-year-old St Helens playmaker earning a Man of Steel nod as he helped Saints to their third Super League title in just five years.
3. Henry Paul (2001) – 392 points
Just nipping in ahead of Long is Henry Paul, one of a few players who were incredibly unlucky not to win the Man of Steel award in the 2001 season. Paul was instrumental in Bradford finishing the season top of the tree and then going on to win in the Grand Final against Wigan by a score of 37-6 with Paul adding 11 points. His total of 392 across 29 games surpasses Long’s 13 point per game average and included eight tries for the 27-year-old.
2. Andy Farrell (2001) – 425 points
The 2001 season was clearly a brilliant season for the fans who love the high scorers with Wigan’s Andy Farrell making Henry’s total of 392 look small, breezing past the 400 mark to record a huge 425 points. Whilst Henry actually made more conversions it was Farrell’s try scoring ability, with 17, that helped him set the points record in a Super League season. Despite his mastery, his Wigan side lost twice to Paul’s Bradford in the playoffs with the second defeat being the all important Grand Final game, and the second Old Trafford defeat in consecutive years for Farrell.
1. Pat Richards (2010) – 434 points
Another Wigan man tops the charts and it’s the most recent season on this list with Super League legend Pat Richards racking up an incredible 434 points in the 2010 season. Richards also did what Farrell sadly failed to do in his highest scoring season and that was winning both the league title and the Grand Final. Across 31 games Richards scored 31 tries, leading the league, and leading Wigan to Old Trafford and victory for the first time since 1998, whilst also condemning rivals St Helens to a fourth consecutive Grand Final defeat. Richards finished the season with an impressive 14 points per game, will we ever see his record broken?