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Top No.9's in the game

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Captain of the Gate, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Captain of the Gate

    Captain of the Gate Active Member

    +33 /0
    I had an arguement with someone at work who said Michael Ennis is the best hooker in the game behind Cam Smith. I argued there was no way Ennis was 2nd best no.9 and I honestly couldn't even put him in my top 5, especially after 2010. He asked me to name my top 10 then. Here is the unbiased opinion I gave him

    1 Smith, 2 Farah, 3 Luke, 4 Ballin, 5 N Friend, 6 Young, 7 Fien, 8 Ennis, 9 J Friend 10 Kingston

    What do you think of this list and who would you rate as the current top 10 hookers in the game?
  2. eagles2win

    eagles2win Well-Known Member

    +494 /0
    Don't rate Farah that high.

    Rob Burrow would be pretty high up as well.

    Last season Keiron 'the King' Cunningham from St Helens would be my number 2
  3. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

    +4 /0
    Smith a clear favourite, Farah/Luke are close possibly with Luke getting the edge.

    Below that there's a bit of a drop to the next tier which includes Ballin/N Friend/Ennis/De Gois. Payne is good as well but seems to have dropped off (along with a lot of Cowboys, so hard to judge him a touch) last year. Another drop to the young guns J Friend/McCullough.

    Aside from the top three I don't think there are any "elite" hookers in the game, although Matty Ballin probably deserves to be considered the fourth best and is definitely an excellent servant of our club already and has some years ahead of him.
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member

    +516 /0
    Ballin seemed to fade out last season.  Hurt possibly?
  5. The Eagle

    The Eagle Well-Known Member

    +480 /0
    Worn out,his not an 80 minute player

    Farah i cant stand,he is an absolute glory/ball hogging moron
    Ennis isn't that bad
    Luke does alot of flat/forward passes
    Smith is easily the best.....as much as i hate that grappler
  6. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +8,610 /80
    Would love to have any of Smith, Farah or Luke at Manly. Those 3 are the stand outs. Also don't mind the guy from North Queensland that signed with the Rorters and got injured in trial...his name escapes me.
  7. King

    King Active Member

    +98 /5
    Anthony Watts.

    My top NRL hookers would be.
    Roughly in that order.
  8. Andrew..

    Andrew.. It's better to burn out, than to fade away. 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +2,535 /31
    Smith and Luke are in another class, N.S.W has limited options in the hooking department that one of the reasons for our poor showing in the state of origin.
  9. bob dylan

    bob dylan Well-Known Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

    +6,440 /192
    Cant argue with the top 6 Captain of the Gate, after that it gets a bit grey.
  10. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    because you said in the game & not NRL im going to include two from superleague... le strange  in feins spot  he loses it & mona  takes jake freinds spot .. ;)
  11. Masked Eagle

    Masked Eagle Well-Known Member

    +976 /0
    No way should it be Ennis.  He is just a bully.  Will dominate when your forwards are on a massive roll but is anonymous when they aren't.

    Farah and Smith are easily the two standouts, they can create out of there and what they do make the jobs of their halves so much easier.

    Chip & Chase, I think your talking about Anthony Watt.  Very enthusiastic but I don't think he has much more to him than that.

    On our Matt Ballin, I probably rank him 4th behind Farah, Smith & Luke.  Although I wonder if Seu Seu will see more game time this year as I think Ballin was looking a bit fatigued in the backhalf of last year.
  12. lloydy

    lloydy Active Member

    +86 /0
    If I could pick a hooker to come to Manly it would be Luke closely followed by Smith, but I think Ballin/Seu seu will come good this year so I wouldn't swap them.
  13. Guest

    Guest Guest

    +0 /0
    i`d just want le strange back .. 

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