Six Tackles: Standout players in Super League so far

Drew Darbyshire

We are a month into the 2018 Betfred Super League season so we have taken an in-depth look at who has impressed the most.

Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity)

The 22-year-old was unlucky with injuries in 2017 but he has come back even better than what he was in 2016. He is an outstanding finisher and has scored four tries in three games.

He has also made 52 carries and averages 9.23 metres per-drive. Johnstone has also made 10 clean breaks and bust 20 tackles.

Dean Hadley (Hull FC)

Some people may raise their eyebrows at Hadley being in this list but he has been solid for Hull FC so far. He has made 177 tackles in four games – a very impressive stat. He is a back-rower by trade but has even filled in at hooker for FC this term.

Credit must go to the 25-year-old because he was loaned out to Wakefield Trinity last season but he didn’t moan or whinge about it, he in fact upped his game and is back flying the flag for FC this year.

Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings)

The 30-year-old has been, arguably, the signing off the season (so far). Inu has been in sensational form for the Vikings and has scored five tries in four games.

He doesn’t just do the pretty stuff though, he helps the forwards out and takes the hard drives in too, with 55 to his name in four games. He has made 15 tackle busts and seven offloads as well.

Ben Barba (St Helens)

The 28-year-old is by far the most obvious player to be included in this feature. Barba is the favourite to pick up the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award this year and you can certainly see why. According to reports, Cronulla Sharks want to re-sign the former Dally M Medal winner so we have just got to enjoy and embrace him while he is over here.

He has four tries and six assists in four games so far as well as busting more tackles than anyone else in the league, with 32 to his name.

Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves)

Like Inu, Goodwin is one of the best signings of 2018. The former New Zealand international has been in fine form so far, scoring a try and kicking 10 goals in five games.

He is a solid player with some class about him. The 32-year-old has made 514 metres from 58 drives, making an average of 8.86 metres per-carry. He’s also bust 18 tackles.

Tom Davies (Wigan Warriors)

The 21-year-old has been exceptional for Wigan. Warriors coach Shaun Wane put faith in Davies by giving him the number two shirt in the off-season and Davies is certainly repaying Wane’s faith at the moment.

He has scored two tries in four games so far as well as two in their exhibition match against South Sydney Rabbitohs. He makes a lot of metres and if you like a flutter, Davies would be a good option to put down for top metre-maker in 2018.

Who else has impressed you so far? Let us know in the comments below.