The 2011 Grand Final is the perfect example of important a substitute can be.
As the game entered the final 10 minutes of the first half, Leeds Rhinos star Rob Burrow entered the field and scored one of the best tries in Super League history before creating another which proved to be the winner against St Helens as he scooped the Harry Sunderland Award with all 37 votes.
But now, which teams have the best super subs? Here’s our top five.
5. Arthur Mourgue – Catalans Dragons
Compared with Rob Burrow by coach Steve McNamara, his speed and running game makes him a nightmare for tired defences. His versatility is key too as he can come on in a number of roles.
4. Patrick Mago – Wigan Warriors
One of the new breed of big boppers on the bench. He exploits tired defences with explosivity and a great offload which was underlined in his home debut last year against Leeds Rhinos.
3. Sam Kasiano – Warrington Wolves
In his days at Catalans, Kasiano’s introduction was a worrying sight. He tears through tired defences and offer superb offloads. Now that weapon is one Warrington Wolves can call upon.
2. Agnatius Paasi – St Helens
When Agnatius Paasi comes off the bench, players should quake in their boots. When you bring him in after dominating with Alex Walmsley, you’re very strong. He punches holes through tires defences routinely.
1. Brad Dwyer – Hull FC
In Leeds’ restructuring of their squad going into 2023, Brad Dwyer was allowed to leave the club despite the fact it could be said they would have never made the play-offs in 2022 without him. He scored and created vital tries in comeback wins against Huddersfield Giants and Catalans Dragons and is always dangerous. He is very much like Burrow in what he brings coming off the bench.