Super League dream XIII based on top try scorers in each position

This star-studded line-up has racked up 1,963 tries between them.

1: Paul Wellens (199 tries)

The St Helens legend will undoubtedly go down as one of the best full-backs the British game has ever seen, with his great positional play and defensive capabilities at the back making him integral to Saints’ success throughout the 2000s.

In his 18-year career, he made near 500 appearances for his hometown club alongside claiming the Man of Steel award in 2006 and the Lance Todd Trophy in 2007 and 2008. He won five Super League titles, five Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges.

2: Ryan Hall (196 tries)

Between 2007-18, the powerhouse winger was a force of nature in the league as he went on to become a lethal and prolific try scorer for Leeds during their dominance of the late 2000s and early 2010s.

The 32-year-old’s finishing ability was unprecedented as he was a vital driving force for the Rhinos, winning six Super League titles, two Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges.

3: Ryan Atkins (186 tries)

Despite not having a Super League title to his name, Atkins has still forged a great career in the league and has become one of the most prolific scorers over the last 15 years.

The 34-year-old saw the better part of his success with Warrington, where he went on to star in the Wolves’ Challenge Cup victories in 2010 and 2012. Altogether, he has made more than 300 Super League appearances while scoring 186 tries.

4: Keith Senior (199 tries)

There have been some great centres throughout the course of the Super League era but there were not many better than Senior.

The former Sheffield and Leeds man was a tough and physical competitor whose longevity saw him consistently perform at a high level. Altogether, Senior brought the whole package to the centre position and he went on to win four Super League titles, two World Club Challenges and one Challenge Cup as well as earning five Super League Dream Team selections.

5: Josh Charnley (181 tries)

The Lancashire flyer burst back onto the Super League scene back in 2010 with Wigan and he quickly became one of the competition’s premier talents.

Between 2011-14, there wasn’t a more elite try scorer in the league and during that time he scored 110 tries in 103 appearances. After switching codes in 2016, Charnley returned to rugby league with Warrington in 2018, where he continues to show his epic finishing ability.

6: Danny McGuire (247 tries)

To this day, the dynamic stand-off is the only man to surpass 200 Super League tries and in his 17-year career, he won a staggering eight Super League titles, two Challenge Cups and three World Club Challenges.

There is no question that the former Leeds number six will go down not only as the greatest try scorer in Super League history – but also one of the best performers over the league’s history.

7: Rob Burrow (168 tries)

Super League’s biggest little man may have been small in stature – but he still went on to forge a career that will live long in the memory of Leeds fans for years to come.

For many years, he was a key catalyst for the Rhinos with his quick turn of pace, flair and technique making him such a vital component for the side that won eight Super League Grand Finals over a 15-year period. The former Leeds playmaker proved to make to be a difference maker on countless occasions, especially in the 2007 and 2011 Grand Finals. He was easily the best player on the pitch – and he went onto secure the Harry Sunderland Trophy both times.

8: Jamie Peacock (62 tries)

In terms of individual and team accolades, the former Bradford and Leeds enforcer as done it all and will go down in rugby league folklore as a true warrior of the game.

The 2003 Man of Steel winner has nine Super League titles, four Challenge Cups and four World Club Challenges to his name, making him one of the sports most accomplished players. In his 18-year career, his presence, aggression, tenacity and influential leadership made him one of the greatest competitors the sport has seen.

9: Keiron Cunningham (138 tries)

It may be quite some time before we see someone overtake the Saints legend as the top try scoring dummy half in the Super League era.

The prolific number nine endured a great career and was always at the centre of the action due to his dynamic ball carrying and great ability to score tries from short distances. He is a winner of five Super League titles and seven Challenge Cups and will go down as one of the league’s top performers.

10: Andy Lynch (66 tries)

Lynch is easily one of the most solid and consistent front-rowers the Super League has seen.

Between 1999-17, the former England and Great Britain international spent time with Castleford, Bradford and Hull FC and he was always able to make life difficult for his opponents with his large frame and huge motor being a constant threat.

11: Ben Westwood (119 tries)

Despite a 20-year career, a Super League title always alluded Westwood, however, the former Wakefield and Warrington back-rower still put together a highly productive career and he will easily be seen as one of Super League’s best workhorses.

The former England international made a staggering 480 appearances between 1999-19 and was a part of two Challenge Cup victories with the Wolves in 2010 and 2012. To this day, he stands as the second highest try scoring forward of the Super League era.

12: Lee Gilmour (102 tries)

During his 18-year career, Gilmour was another player who was able to cement himself as a highly efficient and productive player.

Throughout his time in the league he featured for the likes of Wigan, Bradford, St Helens, Huddersfield and Castleford while proving to be handy try scorer in the process. The former Great Britain international’s better years probably came earlier on with the Warriors, Bulls and Saints when he was a part of four Super League titles and five Challenge Cup winning sides.

13: Paul Sculthorpe (100 tries)

The former Warrington and St Helens lock is one of Super League’s greatest ever competitors and is one of only three men to win multiple Man of Steel Awards.

The former Great Britain international was a born leader on and off the field and his expert ball playing and toughness helped him star consistently throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, winning four Super League titles and five Challenge Cups whilst with the Saints.

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