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Super League’s greatest ever 1-13

Posted 2nd January 2018 at 15:09 By Jordan Graves. Pictures: SWpix

News | Updated: 2nd January 2018 at 15:12

Over the festive period we have been asking you to vote in our 'greatest ever' Super League polls and here is the team that has resulted from your votes.

1. Kris Radlinski

This one-club legend was signed by Wigan when he was 17 years of age. He made 322 appearances for the Warriors, scoring 183 tries in the process. Pre-Super League he won two top division titles before winning the 1998 Grand Final. He will be particularly remembered when he played for Wigan for no fee whatsoever in their financial difficulties. Unfortunately, persistent injuries saw his career end in March 2006. Radlinski finished with a record of 183 tries in 310 appearances for his hometown club.

2. Lesley Vainikolo

Coming first out of your votes for Super League’s greatest ever winger is the volcano, Lesley Vainikolo! Big Les made his Super League debut in 2002, when he joined Super League giants Bradford Bulls. Despite his first season being struck with injury, he made it clear what he had in the locker when he scored 28 tries in 32 league games the following season. Up until 2016, he held the most tries scored in a single Super League season. Despite switching codes in 2007, Vainikolo will always be remembered as a Super League great with prolific try-scoring attributes.

3. Jamie Lyon

By some distance, Jamie Lyon was your top pick for the first centre position. The Australian international joined St Helens in 2005, even though he only played in two Super League seasons, his raw ability, pace and strength was stamped on Super League. He won the 2005 Man of Steel award and played a major part in helping Saints win the treble in 2006.

4. Keith Senior

The Sheffield-born superstar played in an outstanding 17-year career. Part of the Eagles team that produced the greatest ever Challenge Cup final upset against Wigan in 1998, Senior was snapped up by Leeds a year later. He went onto win numerous Super League titles and representing Great Britain and England many times. Senior scored 171 tries for the Rhinos and will be remembered for his stature and skill in a brilliant Rhinos team.

5. Ryan Hall

The Oulton Raiders junior has stamped his authority on Super League as well as the international stage. On Leeds’ left flank, Hall has scored over 200 tries and won six Grand Finals, scoring in four of them. The 30-year-old is one of very few players in this team who is still playing and will no doubt continue his incredible try-scoring form for the next few seasons.

6. Danny McGuire

The seven-time Super League winner drew the curtain on his time at Leeds Rhinos at the end of 2017 with a stunning Grand Final performance. The two-time Harry Sunderland and one-time Lance Todd winner begins a new era at Hull KR in 2018 and will face his former club, Leeds, at Elland Road in February. He is Super League’s all-time top try-scorer and will look to add to his tally during his time with the Rovers.

7. Sean Long

Sean Long is one of Super League’s all-time greats and is certainly a legend of the sport. He won every domestic honour in the game and was part of the Great Britain side that famously beat Australia Down Under in 2006. Notorious for his fantastic skill and game-management, it could be argued that Saints have not managed to fill Long’s boots since he left the club at the end of 2009.

8. James Graham

The majority of rugby league fans have an unbreakable bond with James Graham. A true gent off-the-field, Graham is a warrior on it and never leaves anything out on the pitch. If there was any rugby league player that hasn’t deserved to be on the losing side on so many occasions in finals, it’s James Graham. A legend of both Super League and the NRL, ‘Jammer’ epitomised everything he is about in the World Cup and was unquestionably England’s best forward.

9. Keiron Cunningham

As a hooker, physically, players don’t come much better than Keiron Cunningham. His pure stature, passing ability, strength and fitness made him impossible to defend against for Super League clubs. His defence was second-to-none and he rounded his playing career as being a certified Saints legend. There have been many great hookers in Super League, but Cunningham had that something special.

10. Jamie Peacock

Super League’s most successful ever player, you voted ‘JP’ as the competition’s greatest ever prop forward. He is a cult hero not just to Bradford and Leeds supporters, but rugby league fans in general. His determination, leadership, commitment and strength has been inspirational to thousands within the sport and is a prime example of why players should believe in themselves from a young age. Peacock has played in 10 Grand Finals, winning seven of them.

11. Chris Joynt

In close second comes Chris Joynt… ‘It’s Wide to West, it’s wide to west, inside to Joynt, Joynt, Joynt!’ The most famous try of the Super League era was superbly finished by second rower Chris Joynt. He was known as a big-game player and always stood up leading the pack when games got tough. He took part in several Grand Finals with Saints and retired a rugby league hero in 2004.

12. Gareth Ellis

Coming in at first place in the second-row vote was Gareth Ellis. Leading Hull FC to back-to-back Challenge Cup triumphs at Wembley, is only a shadow of what he has achieved within the sport. After leaving Leeds for the Wests Tigers at the end of the 2008 season, he returned to Super League in 2013, joining Hull FC and has been a true leader for the Black and Whites.

13. Kevin Sinfield

He is known to Leeds fans as ‘Sir Kev’ and with good reason! Kevin Sinfield is Super League’s greatest ever captain but had to beat off fierce competition from the likes of Andy Farrell, Paul Sculthorpe and Sean O’Loughlin to make this team at loose-forward. The 2012 Golden Boot winner is a Rhinos legend, undoubtedly. His ice cool style under pressure won Leeds many titles and earned him legendary status at Headingley. He signed off a fantastic career with a win at Old Trafford, sealing the iconic treble for Leeds Rhinos.

Coach: Brian McDermott

Brian McDermott has come under criticism, but has undoubtedly proved himself time and time again by pulling off a fantastic Grand Final win against favourites Castleford. Since joining Leeds in 2011, he has become the most successful coach in the club’s history and the Super League Era.

Thanks to everyone who voted on our pages, and a Happy New Year to all.


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