NRL 2014 – Rep Playmakers The Key

NRL 2014 – Rep Playmakers The Key

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NRL 2014 – Rep Playmakers The Key

The importance of a quality Playmaker – #7 or #6 toward winning the premiership title.peter sterling nrl

The last 34 premiership titles have been won by sides who have had a Origin or International representative playmaker as their Halfback or Five-Eight.

The last side to win the comp without a Rep #7 or #6 was the 1980 Canterbury team, who won the title that year with Gary Hughes at #6 and Steve Mortimer at #7. Mortimer went on to an illustrious rep career but his first rep honours were not until the following season, 1981.

Over those years the NRL title winners has been dominated by some of the greats playing their role at #7 or #6 – Mortimer; Sterling (and Kenny); Hasler; Stuart (and Daley); Langer (and Walters); Johns; Fittler and Lockyer to mention the obvious, each leading their respective teams to premiership glory.

A full list of Premiership winners can be viewed here

Some of the lower profile premiership winners and their rep playmaker include –

Penrith 1991 – Greg Alexander – HalfbackPenrith nrl 1991

Storm 1999 – Brett Kimmorley – Halfback

Penrith 2003 – Craig Gower – Halfback

Bulldogs 2004 – Braith Anasta – Five-Eight

West Tigers 2005 – Scott Prince – Halfback

Dragons 2011 – Jamie Soward – Halfback

So what of the 2014 Contenders (in current table order)

Yes – Sea Eagles – Foran, Cherry-Evansforan and cherry-evans nrl premiership

No – Rabbitohs – Reynolds, Keary, Sutton

Yes – Roosters – Pearce, Maloney

Yes – Panthers – Soward

Yes – Bulldogs – Hodkinson, Reynolds

Yes – Cowboys – Thurston

Yes – Storm – Cronk

No – Eels – Sandow, Norman

No – Broncos – Hunt, Barba

Yes – Warriors – Johnson, Leuluai

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