Here at Love Rugby League, we have selected the six most impressive hookers in the Betfred Super League in 2017.
MATT PARCELL (LEEDS RHINOS)
The 25-year-old has been a class act for the Rhinos since he arrived ahead of the 2017 campaign as a successor to the impressive Papua New Guinea ace James Segeyaro.
Matt Parcell has scored 17 tries in 29 Super League appearances this season as well as grabbing 16 assists from the dummy-half role. He’s also made 1,018 tackles.
JAMES ROBY (ST HELENS)
The 31-year-old was fantastic for the Saints in 2017, especially towards the back end of the season and he fully deserved his call up to the England squad for the World Cup.
James Roby has played 25 games in Super League this season, scoring seven tries. He has an average gain of 8.51 metres and made 212 runs from dummy-half as well as making 1,000 tackles.
SAM POWELL (WIGAN WARRIORS)
The 25-year-old Warriors Academy product is one of the most underrated players in the Betfred Super League and had another fantastic season for the Cherry and Whites.
He was used an interchange hooker and made 771 tackles in 27 games for Wigan while coming up with seven assists as well as 47 kicks in general play and scoring twice.
PAUL MCSHANE (CASTLEFORD TIGERS)
The 27-year-old has been outstanding for the Tigers this year and built up a great relationship with fellow hooker Adam Milner, who then moved to loose forward.
Paul McShane played 29 Super League for Castleford in 2017, making 898 tackles, 19 assists and 151 carries as well as busting 41 tackles and making 13 offloads.
KRUISE LEEMING (HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS)
The 22-year-old has played a key role for the Giants this season and has come on leaps and bounds to establish himself as one of the league’s best hookers within the last 18 months or so.
Kruise Leeming has made 900 tackles in 30 games this season whilst also taking 229 drives in and coming up with 15 assists while also crossing the whitewash three times.
DANNY HOUGHTON (HULL FC)
The 29-year-old was deemed unlucky by many not to make the England World Cup squad because he has been outstanding yet again for Hull FC in the 2017 campaign.
Danny Houghton has played 23 games for FC this season, making 1,123 tackles, the most in the Betfred Super League. He has also bust 23 tackles and grabbed 11 assists.
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