A Dream XIII with a difference – as we put one together based on the all-time points scored by players in the Super League era.
Full Back – Iestyn Harris- 2,083 points
The 1998 Man of Steel winner, at just the tender age of 21 Harris would show a maturity beyond his years, captaining a Rhinos team to Challenge Cup honours in 1999. His points in the game would also see him equal the great Neil Fox’s record at the time for most points in a Challenge Cup final with 20. The former Welsh star’s career would also see him play for the likes of Warrington and Bradford consistently racking up the points due to his ability with the boot.
Winger – Ryan Hall – 864 points*
A 12-year spell with Leeds Rhinos has seen Hall rack up over 200 tries for the club and nearly 900 points without kicking a single goal, which is certainly a feat in itself. The 30-year-old has also gone on to win an outstanding six Super League titles along with two Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges in a career that does not look to be stopping anytime soon.
Centre – Ryan Atkins – 796 points*
Maybe a surprise to some but Atkins’ consistent ability to get over the try-line has seen the Warrington man claim 174 tries to date, with more undoubtedly still to come. Despite, a Super League grand final evading him thus far, the 32-year-old was a key part of both Warrington sides that would claim back to back Challenge Cup victories in 2010 and 2011.
Centre – Keith Senior – 880 points
Just like his former teammate Hall, Senior is another man who has been able accumulate points without kicking a single goal. The former centre would spend most of his career at Leeds joining in 1999 after an impressive spell with Sheffield. After joining the Rhinos’, he would become a key player throughout the sides ‘Golden Decade’, winning four Super League titles. His knack for scoring tries would also see him end his career in the Super League’s top five all-time top try scorers list.
Winger – Pat Richards – 2,650 points
Richards would jump ship to the Super League by joining Wigan in 2006 from the NRL, quickly adjusting to the new role as resident goal-kicker. His incredible feats for Wigan in 2010 would see him claim 434 points (31 tries and 155 goals) along with the Man of Steel for that year as well. By the end of his career he had made 240 appearances for both Wigan and Catalan along with crossing over the try line 176 times.
Stand Off – Kevin Sinfield – 4,231 points
Probably the most obvious selection at either half back position. The 18-year veteran became one of the most standout performers of the Super League throughout his career at the Leeds, with his outstanding kicking ability becoming his most famed asset. His career would come full circle in 2011 as Sinfield would be crowned as the best player in the world of Rugby League by winning the Golden Boot award.
Scrum Half – Paul Deacon- 2,661 points
After the departure of Henry Paul to Rugby Union, Deacon would take the mantle as Bradford Bulls goal kicker and would not disappoint for a formidable West Yorkshire side. The majority of his points would come with the Bulls and in a 10-year spell, became one of the side’s main catalysts, due to his superb organisation and kicking skills. His outstanding efforts for Bradford would also see him included in the clubs’ Team of the Century announced in 2007.
Prop – Jamie Peacock – 276 points
Is there anyone else it could have been? The former Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos captain would display just what made him one of the most durable and toughest characters throughout his Super League career. A monumental career would see the former Great Britain and England international claim eight Super League titles, four Challenge Cups and four World Club Challenges to go along with a Man of Steel award in 2003.
Hooker – Keiron Cunningham- 664 points
Spending his entire career at St.Helens, Cunningham would establish himself as one of Super
League’s greatest and most accomplished hookers and players. Throughout a 16-year career, he
would win five Super League titles along with seven Challenge Cup victories. By his retirement in
2010, the former Great Britain international would make over 400 appearances for the club scoring
an impressive 170 tries.
Prop – Jamie Jones Buchanan – 280 points*
Again, there was probably no doubting this one. Just like his former teammate, Peacock, Buchanan certainly knows a thing or two about winning trophies. Alongside the likes of Peacock, Sinfield and McGuire, Buchanan would become part of the Rhinos golden era that would see the West Yorkshire club win 8 Super League titles in 14 seasons. Now in his 19th season as a Rhinos player the 36-year-old has been a truly great servant to both the club and the sport.
Second Row – Andy Farrell – 2,800 points
The former Great Britain international would acquire all his 2800 points at the Wigan Warriors. A nothing but stellar career from the goal-kicking loose forward would see him part of a great Wigan side of the 1990s, where he would claim three challenge cup victories alongside a Super League win in 1998 for the Lancashire side. His achievements in Rugby League would also see him land the Golden Boot award in 2004.
Second Row – Danny Tickle – 2,379 points
The 34-year-old would begin his career at Halifax before moving on to the likes of Wigan and Hull FC, seemingly at his best with the latter, where he would acquire 1,300 of his 2,379 points. Currently residing at Hull KR and a career that has spanned 18 years, Tickle would be famed for a great goal-kicking ability and tackling prowess that would see him climb the ranks as one of the Super League’s top forwards.
Loose Forward – Paul Sculthorpe – 1,294 points
Sculthorpe would become the only man to this day to secure back to back Man of Steel wins in 2001 and then again in 2002 due to his performances for St.Helens. The former Great Britain captain would eventually go on to win four Super League titles along with four Challenge Cups in an incredible run for the Lancashire side back in late 90s and early noughties. Just like Tickle and Farrell, Sculthorpe would show the mentality of just what made him one of the league’s top forwards if not the best.
Who’d kick the goals in that team?!