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Rhinos Most Valuable - The Winner
Posted by southstander on October 19 2006 - 13:25:04

Who is Top?

In the final part of our marathon countdown to your 'Most Valuable' Rhinos player of 2006, we reach the top three (well, top four if you are going to be pedantic).

We've already had names such as McGuire, Senior and Peacock fall by the wayside in our countdown, so who has made the top three, and who have you rated as the best of the season.

Click here to find out.

Equal 3rd - Gareth Ellis - 4.38

There is no doubting that Gaz Ellis has had a great season and has been outstanding for the Rhinos. He missed just four Supreleague XI regular rounds and ran ineight tries playing at a variety of loose forward and second row.

Gareth scored a massive 105 points from your Man-of-the-Match ratings, second only to our 'most valuable' and in doing so averaged 4.38. This means that in all his games he averaged in your top five, a truly outstanding performer.

Now on tour with GB, and picked for the warm-up match later this week, Ellis will be the backbone of next years Rhinos squad when we will, once again, expect greatness from him.

Equal 3rd - Kevin Sinfield - 4.38

The skipper tied with Gareth Ellis in third place, acoring 92 POS points in his 21 appearances. Sinny average 8.86 points per superleague XI round but was possibly a little quieter with ball in hand than he has been in previous seasons.

Last seasons winner of our coveted trophy, Kev will be taking the winter to recouperate after withdrawing from the GB squad sent to the slaughter down under...probably a wise move.

As Ellis is the Rhinos backbone, Sinfield is the brain which controls play. When Sinfield is on form the Rhinos are on form, and when he's not...we're awful.

2nd - Richie Mathers - 5.57

Sadly, Richies season will be remembered for the injury that he sustained in the home defeat to Hull FC back in May, rather than for the form he showed in the first half of the season.

Injury meant that Mathers only features in half of the campaign (14 games) and many will couple the Rhinos late season demise with his absence. Just four tries in 2006 but the enthusiasm to motivate his team-mates.

We've seen the last of him as he jets off to Australia for a new career with Gold Coast, but lets hope that we see him back in the Blue & Amber that he loves before too long.

1st - Rob Burrow - 5.96

Whichever way you do the maths, there is only one Most Valuable Player this season...Rob Burrow.

Rob racked up 167 POS points, 62 clear of Gaz Ellis as he went on to average 5.96 from his twenty-eight starts. This put him in your top three for every game that he played, an amazing achievement. He also average 4.21 game points with both the hands and in Sinfields absence, the boot.

Always giving 100%, the pocket-rocket continues to defy the odds and make crunching tackle, followed by lightening break. How his head is still on his shoulders is a miracle.

It has been a joy to watch him play this season, and you all agree, so well done Rob, you are the Rhinos Most Valuable 2006!

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