Six Tackles: Steve Prescott Man of Steel contenders

Ben Barba – St Helens

The Australian fullback has been in scintillating form in 2018 and has been everyone’s hot favourite to win the award.

He leads the try scoring chart with 24 scores, as well as having 23 try assists to his name.

His exciting breaks and emphatic footwork has dazzled spectators througout the season.

With the League Leaders Shield all but secured – the fullback will be setting his sights on a Grand Final winners ring.

Reports down under suggest 2018 will be he last year in Super League, so if he wants to win it – now is the time!

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

James Roby – St Helens

The Saints skipper has been, once again, one of the best hookers in the league – if not the world in 2018.

His tireless displays of pure grit and determination, whether that be in attack or defence, are almost unparalleled.

Roby, 32, is yet to show signs of slowing down and with 4 trys, 11 assists and over 940 tackles to his name in 2018 -could be in the mix for another Man of Steel triumph.

He last won the award in 2007, could he be holding it again in 2018?

Sam Tomkins – Wigan Warriors

Tomkins, 29, has enjoyed a brilliant season so far for Wigan – standing out as one of their best players.

Many have been quick to label the fullback as nothing compared to his pre-NRL form, but 2018 the Wigan star has adapted his game to be one of the most effective in his position.

This spike in form makes the news of his impending departure to the Challenege Cup champions Catalans Dragons, all the harder to accept.

Having won the award in 2012, can he win it again?

Daryl Clark – Warrington Wolves

The Warrington number nine has reached the top of his game once again this year, helping the Wolves into the top four and well within a chance of silverware.

With 5 trys and 7 assists so far this year, as well as 938 tackles to his name, Clark is well within the running to win the greatest individual award on offer.

His form was one of the reasons the Wolves reached the Challenge Cup Final at Wembley.

Having won the award in 2014 with his former club Castleford – can he win a second in 2018?

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Bill Tupou – Wakefield Trinity 

Whilst not at the top of many peoples lists – there is no denying the terrific year Tupou, 28, has had for Wakefield in 2018.

He has formed a destructive partnership with in form winger Tom Johnstone on the left edge and has caught the attention of many rugby league fans.

His coach, Chris Chester believes he must be named in the Super league Dream Team after such an impressive season.

Can he win the Steve Prescott Man of Steel?

 

 

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