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The top five organisers in Super League

What is an organiser when it comes to the rugby league field? Well, to me it’s that player who leads the team around the field, directs the play to where they want it to go and conjures up the set plays that allow the really exciting players to score and create tries. They’re who everything goes through in attack. So, with that in mind, here’s the five best organisers currently in Super League.

5. Marc Sneyd

It might sound weird saying this, but Marc Sneyd to this day is still underrated. The Hull FC number seven has a supreme kicking game and is often capable of turning the opposition around or finding a remarkable 40/20. In his time at Hull, his distribution has given players like Albert Kelly and Jake Connor the platform they needed to shine. He also ensures his forwards can get on top of the opposition allowing the Black and Whites to dominate big games.

4. Luke Gale

If you ever want to see the perfect example of a general at work, go back and watch last year’s Challenge Cup semi-final. That game was arguably Gale’s best ever performance as he kicked Wigan to death, drilling the ball into corners and pinning the Warriors in their own end. He does that every week for the Rhinos to be fair as well as conjuring up superb attacking kicks close to the opposition try line and creating space for Richie Myler and co to devastate teams out wide.

3. Jordan Abdull

Jordan Abdull is a funny player because he’s an organiser and an attacking livewire rolled into one. In 2021, he has 13 try assists to his name but his leadership in attack is just as important as his creativity. He’s guided the likes of Rowan Milnes and Mikey Lewis this term whilst feeding Hull KR’s potent left edge with the right kind of ball at the right time to truly trouble teams. The Robins have missed him in recent weeks.

2. James Maloney

Over the last decade, James Maloney has been one of the best organisers on the planet. The mastermind behind New South Wales’ State of Origin success in 2019, a Grand Final winner at Sydney and Cronulla, he’s given Catalans a new dimension in recent years. He offers the Dragons an astute kicking game but also creates space for people like Sam Tomkins to come up with moments of brilliance. A true general, he’s introduced patience and potency to the Catalans attack which has made them the best team in the league.

1. James Roby

For a long time, James Roby has been the heart of St Helens. As a number nine, the ball always has to go through him before it can even reach the likes of Jonny Lomax. This gives him the perfect opportunity to direct his team around, which he does magnificently providing them with direction and dragging opposition defences left and right, tiring them out before feeding the ball to creative players like Lomax who then devastate the opposition. There’s a reason St Helens won the 2014 Grand Final without a natural halfback on the field for 78 minutes and there’s a reason it’s so easy for Lewis Dodd and Jack Welsby to play six and seven in the absence of Lomax and Theo Fages. The reason of course is James Roby, for as long as he’s a Saint, they’ll always be a threat.

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