As 2016 comes to an end and we are all preparing to celebrate the arrival of 2017 along with the new Rugby League season, we have decided to do a quick look at a few of the highlights of a season that threw up surprises galore!
Team of the year- There were a number of contenders for this, Wigan’s team that eventually won the Grand Final with an injury ravaged squad, Leigh Centurions dominated the championship and took a few surprise scalps on their way to Super League. However, this title goes to the Scotland National team for their performances in the 4 Nations. Everyone considered them as only being there to make up numbers, except themselves, and that led to their finest moment when they earned a draw against a New Zealand team that had defeated England and was ranked world number 1.
Tackle of the year – In Rugby League every game had the thunderous tackles and many could be chosen, but the one we decided on literally won the Cup Final. Danny Houghton often produces 40 plus tackles a game, but none as important as this one, where he somehow managed to stop Warrington’s Ben Currie only a meter off the try line from scoring what would have been the winning try with only minutes left on the clock.
Moment of the year – In a season that saw many fantastic pieces of skill, from Danny Houghton’s try saving tackle to many of Denny Solomona’s flying dives over the try line on his way to the new Super League try scoring record. However, our moment of the year come from the other end of the table, in the ‘Million Pound’ match, with a place in Super League on the line and in Golden Point extra time. Salford’s Gareth O’Brian produced a spectacular 45m drop goal from just inside Hull KR’s half, that ended the game and doomed Hull KR to at least next season in the championship.