We continue our NRL power rankings by looking at six of the best wingers in the competition.
6: David Nofoaluma
The 26-year-old formed an underrated wing partnership alongside Paul Momirovski at the Tigers last year.
Even though the western Sydney side narrowly missed out on an NRL finals berth last year, Nofoaluma proved to be a massive handful with the ball in his hand and even before the 2020 season was cut short, he looked like he was set on a big year after scoring three tries in the first two games as well as racking up the third most metres in the league. Once the season gets up and running again plenty of eyes will be on the Samoa international.
5: Reuben Garrick
Not only did Garrick prove to be an exceptional try scorer in his first year of NRL action but he has also showcased to be a highly valuable and accurate goal kicker.
In a surprising 2019 for the Sea Eagles where they clinched 6th place, the 22-year-old proved to be integral in his rookie year after crossing the line on 16 occasions as well as being Manly’s top points scorer after taking over kicking duties. The sky is the limit for both the New South Welshman and if he continues to have a great 2020 he can easily be one of the top two wingers in the league come the end of the year.
4: Josh Addo-Carr
The Foxx had a stellar 2019, leading the Storm in tries throughout the year with 16 in 23 games.
The 24-year-old’s breathtaking speed is always a constant factor and again, his displays for Melbourne this year will go a long way in them continuing their great league form that saw them crowned Minor Premiership winners last season.
3: Blake Ferguson
It can certainly be argued that if it was not for the impact of Ferguson then the Eels may not have even secured an NRL finals berth in 2019.
The former Sydney Roosters man’s ability to act like a spare forward combined with his skill and flair on the wing makes him one of the most dangerous players in the game. The work ethic and experience the 30-year-old brings made him one of the buys of the year in 2019 and he thoroughly deserves to be towards the top of any rankings at the moment.
2: Ken Maumalo
In a disappointing year for the Warriors, their only shining light was their offensive weapons in the back-line.
Alongside Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Maumalo has been an absolute machine after scoring 17 tries and averaging 191 metres per game last year. The 25-year-old’s efforts have certainly not gone unnoticed as he is the reigning Dally M Winger of The Year and now even though it could be another year of struggle and inconsistency for the Warriors, Maumalo is still a scary force to watch.
1: Maika Sivo
2019 was a breakout year for the 25-year-old as his displays were nothing short of decisive and sensational for Parramatta and they go a long way in naming him the number one winger in the league right now.
The Fijian’s speed led the NRL in tries with 22 and his speed and raw power down the flank were a nightmare for opposition’s defences. Despite his current playing future being clouded before the start of 2020 after an off-field incident back in Fiji, the powerhouse winger was eventually cleared to play in what was a big relief for Brad Arthur’s side. That dreaded combination with himself and Ferguson proved to be vital in the Eels’ surprising run to the NRL finals last year and if Sivo can bring last year’s form into this season then the Sydney-based club can go one better.
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