In modern rugby league, there is perhaps no greater sight than a winger acrobatically diving in at the corner for a seemingly impossible try. I’m sure we’re all missing the almost weekly occurrence of a winger pulling off one of these sublime finishes as we wait for the new season to roll around. So, as we wait for the best wingers in the league to light up the competition again with these tries, we’re ranking the five best finishers currently in Super League.
5. David Fusitu’a
David Fusitu’a arrives at Headingley with a huge reputation which extends to sublime finishing in the corner. If he lives up to his reputation in the NRL next season, he could soon fly up this list. The NRL’s top scorer in 2018 made acrobatic finishes in the corner a key facet of his game as he outscored the rest of the league that season. With great physicality, grip and a long reach, Fusitu’a could be pulling off the amazing finishes he often displayed in the NRL weekly for Leeds in 2022.
4. Tom Johnstone
Wakefield’s brilliant winger can score tries of all shapes and sizes. Due to his blistering pace, he’s best known for his long-range efforts such as the two tries he scored on the opening day of last season but he’s also well versed in spectacular finishes in the corner. His athleticism and agility enables him to use the little space afforded him in these situations to get in the air and get his arm to the corner to ground the ball as he did twice in a matter of minutes in 2020 against Hull FC. Unfortunately, his injury struggles mean we don’t see this on as regular basis as we might do otherwise.
3. Regan Grace
Regan Grace announced himself to the league in the derby against Wigan back in 2017 as he showcased his elusive running style, agility and strength all of which have come to define his game on the left wing for the Champions. He can score tries no one else in the league can dream of due to his balance and his often low body position. He also isn’t afraid of an acrobatic dive in the corner.
2. Ryan Hall
Ryan Hall is the kind of winger you don’t want to give any space to. Even with no space he might score due to his sublime strength. In 2014, he scored a Challenge Cup Final try which embodied that before doing something similar in 2015 getting the ball down for a vital try in the Super League semi-final win over St Helens thanks to fingertip control. His finishing perhaps peaked in the 2011 Four Nations where he consistently scored impossible tries squeezing the ball in the corner against both the Australians and the Kiwis as England made it all the way to the final.
1. Tommy Makinson
When we think of acrobatic finishes, Tommy Makinson is often the first name which comes to mind. For years the St Helens winger has been diving in the air in order to squeeze the ball down in the corner and it saw him finish 2019 as Super League’s top try scorer having won the Golden Boot in 2018 for his brilliant try scoring prowess in an England shirt. Super League’s best winger over the last five years, he scores with great regularity and often shows mesmerising skill when he does touch down.