Following on from full-backs, wingers, centres and stand-offs, this article will look at Super League’s top scrum-halves.
5. Marc Sneyd
Despite a relatively quiet couple of seasons, Sneyd’s talent is undeniable. He is one of the competition’s top goalkickers and won the Lance Todd Trophy in 2016 and 2017 in near perfect performances. In fairness to Sneyd’s drop off in form, he has lacked a consistent half ack partner. However, with a player of Josh Reynold’s quality joining the squad, Sneyd has a wonderful opportunity to find his form.
4. Thomas Leuluai
Leuluai may be one of the most overlooked players in Super League. He has consistently performed for Wigan, having also played at hooker. No matter the position he plays, he is hard working and relentless in defence, a rare trait for a halfback. His kicking game is not be overlooked, and his experience often allows him to end sets strongly and keep the opposition under pressure. To consistently play for a club as demanding as Wigan is no mean feat, and his intelligence and high-level decision making have repeatedly seen him selected.
3. Luke Gale
Gale has been a consistent leader for Leeds since his transfer from local rivals Castleford ahead of the 2020 season. It was a strong season from the 32-year-old, as he registered 11 assists during the Super League campaign. He went on to win the Challenge Cup with Leeds, as he put in a professional performance in the final to defeat Salford.
2. Theo Fages
He and Lomax have become comfortably the strongest halfback partnership in the league in the last two seasons. He has complemented Lomax extremely well, and has also become a much stronger defensive player in the last couple of seasons. His speed and small frame make him an elusive runner when taking the ball in, and with some powerful players outside him, defending against Saints’ right edge will be extremely difficult.
1. Aidan Sezer
In just one season in Super League, Sezer has already made a huge impact at Huddersfield. The Giants finished seventh in 2020, but without the intelligence and leadership of Sezer, it may have been much lower. He was directly involved in 25 tries in 18 appearances, and guided his side to multiple closely fought victories. With a much stronger squad surrounding him in 2021, Sezer is likely to flourish and is a potential Man of Steel winner.