Top 5: Wingers

After Get ’em Onside’s top five full-backs in Super League 2018, now it’s time to look at the best wingers in the competition from last season…

Tom Johnstone – Wakefield Trinity
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After bursting onto the scene in 2016, injury cut short Tom Johnstone’s 2017 campaign but this year saw him recapture the sterling form of two years previous and, when scoring a hat-trick on opening night, it set the tone for what would be a sparkling year for the 23-year-old. Second only to St Helens’ Ben Barba in the try scoring charts, Johnstone stole many a show in 2018, his acrobatic finishes lighting up many encounters. After being handed his international debut in England’s post-season test against France, the future looks incredibly bright for the man boasting 60 tries in 76 Trinity appearances.

Tom Davies – Wigan Warriors
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One of a crop of impressive young wingers on the Warriors’ books, 21-year-old Tom Davies is arguably the best. A consistent performer in attack and defence, the recently capped England Knights wideman scored 16 tries for Shaun Wane’s men as they lifted the Grand Final trophy. Another winger with a remarkable try scoring record, Davies seems well set for a long future on Wigan’s flanks and, probably, in an England jersey as well.

Josh Charnley – Warrington Wolves
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A huge loss to Super League when he departed to chance his arm in rugby union, Josh Charnley’s spring return to rugby league with Warrington Wolves was pleasing to fans. A real star performer, the Wigan academy graduate was as potent as his previous time in the sport and scored 25 tries for The Wire in 28 appearances. While Warrington fell short in both showpiece finals in 2018, 27-year-old Charnley opened the scoring in the Grand Final. An impressive return to his maiden code, the Chorley-born flyer will be hoping to help the Wolves take that one last leap to silverware in 2019.

Tommy Makinson – St Helens
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While a surprise winner of the Golden Boot award, there can be no doubting Tommy Makinson’s quality and importance to the St Helens team who lifted the League Leaders’ Shield. The 27-year-old shone throughout 2018, earning an England debut in the June test in Denver against New Zealand while starring in the post-season series as he faced the same opponents. While not as prolific as other wingers on this list, there is no doubting Makinson’s impact this year and his work-hungry nature helped the Saints make progress this season – something he will be keen to continue next year in the Red Vee.

Liam Marshall – Wigan Warriors
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The second Wigan winger on this list, 22-year-old Liam Marshall finished the season as the Warriors top try scorer with seventeen – not bad for a player whose season was curtailed in August due to injury. A scampering wideman, Marshall’s finishing ability is certainly impressive and his acceleration has seen him cross countless times in the past two years after making his debut in March 2017. When he returns in next season, he will be up against serious competition for a Wigan wing berth – but, if he plays as he has since last season, he will be very tough to leave out.

 

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