Power rankings: Six of the best NRL scrum-halves at the moment

Zach Holland

We have ranked in order six of the best scrum-halves in the NRL at the moment.

6: Chad Townsend

As young gun Kyle Flanagan lurked in the background, Townsend endured a great year in 2019 for Cronulla after fending off competition from the youngster.

The Sharks went on to secure a finals berth after finishing seventh, with the 29-year-old being awarded Player of The Year at the Sharks. With Flanagan moving to Sydney and Paul Gallen retiring, the eyes will be on Townsend to step up in terms of leadership and if he can find a great connection with Shaun Johnson throughout the year then the Sharks could have a much better 2020.

5: Luke Brooks

The 25-year-old came into 2019 as the reigning Dally M Half-back of The Year and went on to have another strong year as part of the Tigers.

Even though the Tigers missed out on the NRL finals he was still one of his side’s standout performers, claiming the Kelly-Barnes Award as the club’s best player. If Brooks continues his fine form over the last two seasons, then an Origin berth may not be too far out of the question.

4: Mitchell Pearce

Even though the Knights had a rather inconsistent 2019, Pearce was in red hot form halfway through the year and despite being criticised for his Origin performances in the past, he finally broke his curse and helped the Blues secure back-to-back series wins.

There is a lot up in the air with Newcastle going into the 2020 season, but one thing is for sure: if they want to reach finals rugby then Pearce will have to bring last year’s form into this year as well.

3: Adam Reynolds

The 29-year-old continues to excel as part of the Rabbitohs and despite being somewhat of an underrated player, he was vital for the Bunnies last year as they went on a great run at the start of the year and were one game away from reaching the Grand Final in the end.

The South Sydney captain’s kicking ability and attacking instincts have made him more than a valuable member of Wayne Bennett’s side and if he continues to have an impressive 2020, then they may just find themselves in the mix once again.

2: Daly Cherry-Evans

The Sea Eagles half-back continues to be one of the best number sevens in the game and was Manly’s top playmaker as they made a surprising run to the NRL finals last year.

The 31-year-old may not have won the Dally M Half-back of The Year last year, but his efforts make him favourite to take up the Kangaroos’ number seven jersey. Also, if the partnership between himself and Dylan Walker continues to shine like it did at the end of last year then we might have to watch out for Des Hasler’s side this term.

1: Mitchell Moses

After a sensational 2019, Moses takes the number one spot on our rankings with his displays one of the main reasons why Parramatta finished fifth in 2019.

The 25-year-old bounced back from a poor 2018 and put the Eels side on his shoulders and showed exactly why he is now tipped for a New South Wales spot. The 2019 Dally M Half-back of The Year led the league in try assists and showcased his exquisite kicking game to lead Brad Arthur’s side to the NRL finals. Also, the connection between himself and the young Dylan Brown going into 2020 may just make them one of the most exciting duos to watch in the competition.

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