19 Sep 2019

Top Five Half Backs

The top five half-backs in Super League this year.

Picking a top five out of the best halves this year has been difficult, two Man of Steel nominees make the cut, a Young Player of the Year nominee, a St Helens star and NRL bound England international. 

5. Jake Trueman

The 2018 Young Player of the Year could win the award again after being shortlisted for the 2019 Young Player of the Year award. Trueman has had an exceptional year again, the 20-year-old has only missed one game all season, making more attacking kicks than any others, he's also scored eight tries and assisted 13. 

4. Blake Austin

Blake Austin has lived up to the hype that surrounded his arrival from Canberra Raiders to Warrington Wolves in the off-season. He was Man of Steel leader throughout the majority of the year; he's scored 18 tries, assisted 12 tries, and made 115 tackle busts. 

3. George Williams

In his last year for Wigan Warriors before making the move to NRL side, Canberra Raiders, Williams has helped lead Wigan to a top two finish after a difficult start to the season. He's played in every single game this season, assisting 21 tries and scoring 14.

2. Jonny Lomax

It was a difficult choice between Jonny Lomax and Jackson Hastings, I've gone for Jonny Lomax in second, he's been an integral part in Saints' journey to reaching the play-offs and the Challenge Cup Final. In 24 Super League appearances, Lomax has scored 16 tries and assisted 21, he's also made over 2000 metres. 

1. Jackson Hastings

Salford Red Devils' story this year is a true underdog story, Ian Watson's men were expected to be relegation candidates, his team and Jackson Hastings had something to say about that. They've reached the play-offs defying anyone's expectations, and Hastings has had a stellar year. He's one of the nominees for the Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel award, he's assisted an astonishing 36 tries, scored 8 and made 3763 metres. 

By Warren Holmes