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Bigpond sport's top 50 players 2012

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by mozgrame, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +4,565 / 45
    Note: Each player's previous ranking is in brackets.

    BigPond Sport's Top 50 players in the NRL

    50. (previously 44) Nathan Merritt – Rabbitohs winger
    49. (38) Kurt Gidley – Knights halfback
    48. (35) Shaun Johnson – Warriors and New Zealand halfback
    47. (New entry) Ben Matulino – Warriors and New Zealand prop
    46. (32) Nathan Hindmarsh – Retiring Eels second-rower
    45. (34) Anthony Watmough – Sea Eagles, NSW and Australia second-rower
    44. (40) Akuila Uate – Knights, NSW and Australia winger
    43. (New entry) Michael Ennis – Bulldogs hooker
    42. (49) Gareth Widdop – Storm and England five-eighth
    41. (43) Ben Hannant – Broncos and Queensland prop

    40. (27) Kieran Foran – Sea Eagles and New Zealand five-eighth
    39. (21) Luke Lewis – Departing Panthers captain and NSW and Australia forward
    38. (33) Corey Parker – Tireless, goal-kicking Broncos and Queensland lock
    37. (New entry) Sam Kasiano – Ball-playing Bulldogs big man and the Dally M Prop of the Year
    36. (30) Dave Taylor – Towering and talented Rabbitohs, Queensland and Australia second-rower
    35. (29) Greg Bird – Titans and NSW back-rower seemingly built for Origin football
    34. (39) Brent Tate – Super-consistent Cowboys and Queensland centre/winger
    33. (New entry) Aidan Tolman – Bulldogs prop who led the NRL in hit-ups in 2012
    32. (New entry) Josh Reynolds – Arguably the most improved player in the NRL, and the Bulldogs' key playmaker this season
    31. (New entry) Aaron Woods – A standout for the Wests Tigers and surely a future NSW Origin front-rower

    30. (New entry) Ryan Hoffman – Returned from the UK this year and instantly resumed his status as one of Melbourne's best
    29. (17) Sam Thaiday – Replaced Darren Lockyer as Broncos captain and continued to be a leader of the pack for Queensland and Australia
    28. (16) Jarryd Hayne – Still a weapon on the wing for NSW, but couldn't help the Eels avoid the wooden spoon
    27. (50) Adam Reynolds – The NRL Rookie of the Year has a lock on the Rabbitohs halfback spot for years to come
    26. (New entry) Josh Dugan – Played a big role in Canberra's late-season winning run, at fullback and five-eighth
    25. (22) Tony Williams – The Manly and NSW back-rower is inconsistent but unstoppable on his day
    24. (37) Feleti Mateo – One of the game's best ball-playing big men, Mateo led the league for offloads at the Warriors
    23. (8) Todd Carney – One of the signings of the season, but a mediocre Origin series and a quiet end to the year for the Sharks sees Carney slide down our list
    22. (14) Justin Hodges – A quality performer for Broncos, Queensland and Australia when fit... but the next injury always seems to be just around the corner
    21. (45) Nate Myles – The State of Origin man of the series for Queensland and a tireless worker in the Titans pack

    20. (36) Brett Morris – The Dragons flyer was a standout in both attack and defence and earned a welcome Origin call-up alongside brother Josh
    19. (10) Glenn Stewart – A class act in the back row for Manly, NSW and Australia
    18. (20) Brett Stewart – The NSW fullback can't stop scoring tries for the Sea Eagles
    17. (31) Josh Morris – Has stepped up a level since the arrival of Des Hasler, with the defensive game to defuse Greg Inglis at Origin level and the running game to notch 17 tries for the Bulldogs
    16. (28) Sam Burgess – The super-talented England forward played a big role in the Rabbitohs' top-four finish
    15. (12) Daly Cherry-Evans – No second-year syndrome for Manly's 2011 Rookie of the Year
    14. (13) James Tamou – Proved why Australia and New Zealand were fighting over his services with a string of dominant performances up front for the Cowboys
    13. (7) Benji Marshall – Not a great year for the Wests Tigers and New Zealand playmaker, but still one of rugby league's great talents
    12. (23) Matt Scott – We rate the Cowboys, Queensland and Australia stalwart as the second-best prop in the business, just behind...
    11. (19) James Graham – A sensational buy for the Bulldogs and comfortably the best bench player in the NRL

    10. (9) Robbie Farah – In what was a rough year off the field, Farah cemented his place as NSW hooker and the Wests Tigers' most important player
    9. (11) Jamie Lyon – Simply a class act in the centres for the Sea Eagles
    8. (15) Matt Bowen – Electrifying with the ball in hand and a terrific playmaker to boot, producing more try assists in 2012 than Johnathan Thurston
    7. (18) Ben Barba – He was a huge talent in 2011 but this year became the complete package, producing try-saving tackles, laying on 23 try assists and leading the NRL try-scorers list with 22 four-pointers on the way to the Dally M medal
    6. (6) Cooper Cronk – The Storm, Queensland and Australia halfback is as consistent as they come
    5. (5) Johnathan Thurston – The Cowboys and Queensland star still gets our nod as rugby league's best playmaker, but only just
    4. (3) Paul Gallen – The hardest-working player in the game and an inspiration for the Sharks, NSW and Australia
    3. (4) Greg Inglis – Already the game's best centre, Inglis's switch to fullback made the Rabbitohs one of the most scintillating attacking teams in the NRL
    2. (1) Billy Slater – In an era of great fullbacks, Slater remains the first-choice No.1 for Queensland and Australia for a reason. Brilliant in all facets of the game
    1. (2) Cameron Smith – Exceptional in defence, controls the game in attack, a winning captain for club, state and country, probably the best No.9 of all time, and he kicks goals too for good measure.

    Few of the rankings were unanimous among the contributors, with Cameron Smith, Billy Slater and Greg Inglis all getting votes from our judges as the game's No.1 player.

    The most represented clubs in our list are last season's grand final winners Manly and this season's minor premiers the Bulldogs. Melbourne, Souths and North Queensland – who finished second, third and fifth on the ladder in 2012 – all boast five names on the top 50. As in our previous list, the Sydney Roosters are the only club to miss out altogether.

    As it turned out, our list was split evenly between backs and forwards, with 25 of each. The top 50 includes 11 halves, 10 second-rowers, eight props and seven fullbacks.
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  2. Blake

    Blake Active Member

    North Narrabeen
    +90 / 1
    It just goes to show manly don't just have one or two of the best players, but a stack of high quality players across the board.
  3. kingoftherodeo

    kingoftherodeo Active Member

    +72 / 7
    I think on this years efforts choc should have been higher. Apart from that diabolical semi he was close to our best all year. In fact I think he slightly shaded gifty.
  4. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +4,565 / 45
    Jamie Lyon should have been in the top 3, at number 1. Manly glasses off, he should have been in front of Inglis atleast!
  5. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +6,282 / 44
    So a couple of years ago Melbourne had 4 out of the top 6 players in the game in their side ? #alarmbells
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  6. WAMF

    WAMF Well-Known Member

    +408 / 0
    Hoff do us a favour and join a club in the UK for a year, it'll help take the heat off us, then you can get homesick and we'll just take you straight back but this time, we'll have just one contract for you to sign.
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  7. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +4,401 / 130
    If Bowens better than Lyon you can slot me.
  8. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +4,565 / 45
    Looking at the top 10 I'd have to say......BigPond, that's in Queensland isn't it?
  9. herballlistic

    herballlistic Member

    +14 / 0
    well...they have won 7 state of origin series in a row, so one would expect them to have a monopoly on this list.
  10. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +4,565 / 45
    Surely they can't base a list on three games out of the year can they? I hate those Qld bastards!! Who's with me??
  11. the mauler

    the mauler Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +1,653 / 25
    Ennis rated higher than Choc. Lol......
  12. herballlistic

    herballlistic Member

    +14 / 0
  13. firechild

    firechild Active Member

    +62 / 0
    She-Rex 15 places higher than Foran. I stopped reading when I saw that. On potential he might be but on performance not even close.
  14. mozgrame

    mozgrame Well-Known Member

    +4,565 / 45
    Haha! Love your work Herb.
  15. Rambo1987

    Rambo1987 Well-Known Member

    +212 / 2
    Kurt Gidley @ 49 - enough said.....

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