Top 5 current Super League second-rowers

My series of the top five in-form Super League players in each position continues and the penultimate list covers the second-rowers.

5. Cameron Smith (Leeds Rhinos)

Leeds Rhinos have an exciting array of youngsters and Cameron Smith has emerged as one of them. The 21-year-old was showing signs of improvement last season but really hit his straps in the early part of 2020, with his power, skill and work-rate a lethal combination of attributes. Smith has a bright future and could be a future Rhinos captain.

4. Gareth Ellis (Hull FC)

Now supposed to be in his third year of retirement, Hull’s Gareth Ellis is showing that age is just a number as he continues to dominate at the age of 39. Not only is he still competitive, but the former NRL star is probably the Airlie Birds’ best forward and we could have the pleasure of seeing him play well into his forties.

Ellis came out of retirement at the start of the 2019 season. Credit: News Images

3. Cheyse Blair (Castleford Tigers)

This choice may surprise you given Blair’s name is normally associated with a place in the centres. However, the 28-year-old former Melbourne player has been switched to the second-row for most of this season by Daryl Powell and he has excelled. Blair has four tries already to his name, while also amassing 571 metres and 17 tackle busts.

Blair has played most of this season in the back-row for Castleford. Credit: Craig Milner/News Image

2. Zeb Taia (St Helens)

Another veteran of the competition but still possessing plenty of life is St Helens’ Zeb Taia. At 35 and with 300 games already under his belt, you would have forgiven the Cook Islander for slowing down, but we’ve seen nothing of the sort. This season he’s produced 702 metres and 162 tackles, a terrific effort from a true team player.

1. Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)

Despite his consistency, Liam Farrell still goes under the radar. The England international never has a bad game and is reliable in defence and a potent weapon in attack. The 29-year-old has enjoyed another impressive start to the season, scoring three tries, while running for 826 metres and making 261 tackles. Farrell’s stats surpass most in the league and keeping him fit will be key to Wigan’s title chances.

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