Liam Farrell, Bevan French, Aidan Sezer, Lachlan Coote and Paul McShane are the nominees for the 2020 Man of Metal award. Discover out who wins it at this yr’s Tremendous League Awards dwell on Sky Sports activities Combine from 5.30pm on Monday.
By Sky Sports activities Rugby League
Final Up to date: 20/11/20 5:38pm
On Monday night, one participant will be part of the illustrious listing of names to have been awarded the honour of Man of Metal on the 2020 Tremendous League awards.
First instituted in 1977, the accolade bears the identify of most of the greats who’ve performed rugby league on these shores and since final yr has been determined by a panel of former gamers awarding factors to their high three performers in every match throughout the common season.
The five-man shortlist was introduced final week, with Wigan Warriors pair Liam Farrell and Bevan French, St Helens full-back Lachlan Coote, Huddersfield Giants scrum-half Aidan Sezer and Castleford Tigers hooker Paul McShane all up for the award.
Right here, we profile the 5 nominees, take a look at a few of their stand-out statistics from the yr, and get the decision of Sky Sports activities rugby league skilled and Man of Metal panel member Phil Clarke…
Bevan French (Wigan Warriors)
Key stats: Tremendous League’s joint-second highest try-scorer within the common season with 12…has made extra metres from kick returns (883) than another participant within the competitors…the one participant in Tremendous League to have revamped 100 deal with busts (101) this season.
About: Having proven lots glimpses of his skill after arriving from the NRL halfway by way of final season, French hit the bottom operating in 2020 and has made the full-back place at Wigan his personal.
Phil Clarke’s view: “Bevan French has been eye-catching together with his 14 tries this season and set seven of them up as properly.”
Liam Farrell (Wigan Warriors)
Place: Second row.
Key stats: Tremendous League’s second-highest metre-maker (2384) with a median acquire of 8.2m per carry…the third-highest variety of tackles made this season with 676…has made 19 preliminary breaks, the fourth-highest quantity within the competitors.
About: Farrell has been excellent in his testimonial season for Wigan and his efficiency within the pack have performed a giant half in being in with an opportunity of claiming a fifth Grand Closing success in his 10 years on the membership.
Phil Clarke’s view: “It is phenomenal what he does. He is so busy and but nearly invisible – and I’d say he equals James Roby for his consistency over the previous 5 years.”
Aidan Sezer (Huddersfield Giants)
Key stats: Has the joint-second highest variety of attempt assists in Tremendous League this yr with 18…joint-second amongst half-backs for tries scored this season with seven…ranks joint-third amongst half-backs for clear breaks with eight.
About: Having helped Canberra Raiders attain the NRL Grand Closing in 2019, the half-back greater than lived as much as his fame with a number of excellent show for Huddersfield throughout his first yr in Tremendous League.
Phil Clarke’s view: “Aiden Sezer has added new life to Huddersfield Giants, who have been unfortunate however did have an actual star on present.”
Paul McShane (Castleford Tigers)
Key stats: Considered one of solely two Tremendous League gamers to make over 1000 metres from dummy-half scoots in 2020…Made the joint-highest variety of clear breaks amongst hookers with seven…had 17 retained kicks from a complete of 50 in-play kicks throughout the common season.
About: McShane was on the forefront for Castleford as they made a flying begin to the 2020 and though the staff didn’t preserve that type post-restart in August, he continued to provide some spectacular particular person performances.
Phil Clarke’s view: “Sadly for him, in a yr when Castleford weren’t at their finest, he in all probability did play his finest. I discussed in a match we coated, I do not see a lot distinction between him and Josh Hodgson, who performs for Canberra Raiders and England.”
Lachlan Coote (St Helens)
Key stats: Tremendous League’s main goal-kicker within the 2020 common season with 60 and simply 9 misses…scored eight tries and offered 14 assists throughout the common season…made the third-highest variety of metres from kick returns with 652.
About: Nominated for the Man of Metal award for the second yr in a row, having missed out on the prize to Jackson Hastings in 2019, Coote has once more underlined his significance to St Helens with some spectacular showings at full-back.
Phil Clarke’s view: “Coote is excellent as a full-back. Him and Bevan French differ in the way in which they play the sport, however you’ll be able to take you decide on who you like probably the most.”