After overcoming a tough start to the season, the NRL is back on track, and players are putting in outstanding performances. Rugby betting fans on Betway have been treated to entertaining games. If you are a Rugby Union fan, you can check out the Top 10 rugby players of the professional era that have played in the Union. However this article is all about the NRL, so here are some of the best performing NRL players this year.
Brandon Smith – Melbourne Storm
Brandon Smith is aiming for his first premiership when his team battles it out with the Panthers on October 25, 2020. The match will be memorable as he will come up against his closest friend Viliame Kikau in the game.
Ahead of the game, Smith has had a good season. In 2019 he emerged the Best Interchange Player and deserves the 2020 title. Brandon usually is an impactful player from the bench and averages 97 meters of running in every game. He has played 61 games in his career, scoring eight tries. This season he has made 17 appearances and has so far scored three tries. He is rock solid in defense and has managed 491 tackles with a tackle efficiency of 90.1%.
Jack Wighton – Canberra Raiders
Jack Wighton made a career-changing move by switching from fullback to five-eighth. The switch was a stroke of genius as that led to his breakthrough season. The 26-year-old Jack Wighton won the 2019 Clive Churchill Medal and made his NSW and Australian debuts. This season he has provided many match-winning moments for his team.
He has made 178 appearances in his career, scoring 59 tries. He has also endeared himself to rugby punters on Betway. This season he has made 22 appearances and managed 13 tries. His other numbers are also good, with eight try assists and eight line-break assists.
James Tadesco – Sydney Roosters
James Tedesco emerged the best fullback in the NRL for the second season in a row. He is serving his third season with the Sydney Roosters and the 2019 season was perhaps the best in his career. In the 2019 season, he won the Jack Gibson medal, State of Origin player of the series, Dally M Medal, and was also the RLPA Player’s Champion.
So far in his career, James has made 158 appearances scoring 88 tries. In the 2020 season, he has featured for his team 19 times and has contributed 11 tries. His attacking is good as he has provided 15 try assists for his friends, 139 tackle breaks, and 15 line breaks.
Nathan Cleary – Penrith Panthers
The absence of James Maloney has helped Nathan Cleary to elevate his game. He was behind Maloney in the pecking order in past seasons, which gave him time to develop. He has had enough time to watch and learn, and when the time came, his game showed that he had developed as a player.
Cleary has made 99 appearances in his career so far, scoring 35 tries. The halfback has managed to play 20 matches in the 2020 season scoring seven tries. He has also managed 84 goals with an average goal conversion of 80%. He is also strong defensively as he has made 365 tackles with a tackle efficiency of 83.7%.
Justin Olam – Melbourne Storm
Justin’s breakthrough season was in 2019. What people love about him is his fearless approach to the game. He is slowly becoming a cult hero to fans in Melbourne and punters on Betway as well. He got a hat-trick at Lottoland in round 24 and also managed seven tries in 14 games.
The Melbourne Strom center has managed 17 tries in 37 matches in his career. This season, he has managed 20 games scoring ten tries. He has also managed 233 tackles with a tackle efficiency of 80.9%.