IT HAS BEEN a tough campaign for many of Yorkshire's Super League sides with four of the six being embroiled in a relegation dogfight, while Castleford Tigers and Hull FC fought it out for a play-off spot until the very end.
By Dave Craven
Tuesday, 17th September 2019, 9:32 am
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It was no surprise, then, that only three players from the Broad Acres - Leeds Rhinos duo Ash Handley and Konrad Hurrell plus Castleford Tigers prop Liam Watts - made the Super League Dream Team but here's an all-Yorkshire alternative...
Consistently one of Hull FCs best players, continuing his progression. No surprise the 27-year-old, who made his England debut last autumn, was included in Wayne Bennetts Great Britain training squad.
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For sheer excitement levels, Naulago has been an absolute sensation for Hull FC in his first season playing league. Pace to burn, unflappable under the high ball and capable of a shuddering defensive hit.
Although not recapturing last years Dream Team form, Lyne has continued to impress, topping 3,000m and been solid in both defence and attack. Just pips Hull FC's excellent Josh Griffin who spent some time in the back-row
Brought in from Gold Coast Titans as a marquee signing, this blockbusting centre lived up to that billing. Prone to an odd handling error but, in full flight, theres not many better sights in Super League
Stepped up brilliantly to replace the legendary Ryan Hall at Leeds. Scored 22 tries (only Tommy Makinson crossed more tries in Super League) and 31 clean breaks, earned his surprise Great Britain call-up
Had to battle on for a second successive season without England scrum-half Luke Gale alongside him but rose to the challenge again. The 20-year-old has demonstrated why he will be an international star of the future
I know Marc Sneyd has far more assists and 40/20 kicks and other sevens have made more breaks and scored more tries - but I dont care. This was McGuires last season in a remarkable, storied career and he's in
The Big Bopper was immense early in the season, unplayable at times with his marauding carries and leading the way in terms of tackle-busts. In the running for the Man of Steel award until a foot injury hampered his stellar form
Clearly not yet as consistent as Hull FCs reliable Danny Houghton or Castleford's wily Paul McShane but, at times, his injection of pace around the ruck and ability to break defences has been crucial to getting Rhinos out of trouble
Towering presence up front for Castleford and fully deserving of his England and Great Britain call-ups. Made more metres than any other prop in Super League, was its top off-loader and, at 29, is playing better than ever
Has knuckled down and put in a great years service for Castleford after suffering the disappointment of being dropped from the England set-up. Quietly gone about his business and was a reliable performer throughout
In a tough year for Giants, the Tongan back-row was a rare consistent force along with centre Joran Turner. As strong and rugged as ever, the 32-year-old often got his side out of trouble with a big carry or timely hit
Could not have expected a relegation fight when he joined Rhinos as a marquee player, but certainly did not shirk it when it came. Relentless work-rate, but also touches of class with his off-load quality and crucial tries