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An easy year to pick the Super League 'Dream Team' [Sep. 17th, 2009|12:08 pm]
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[davehadfield]
I can’t remember it being easier to pick the Super League Dream Team. I’m just not sure whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

The 13 named this week contained no surprises and there are few credible alternatives lurking in the wing.

You could make out a case for Shaun Briscoe at full-back and I know there were some votes for Pat Richards on the wing.
But the centres - Senior and Gidley, neither of them in the first flush of youth - pick themselves.

At half-back, Leeds’ McGuire and Burrow deserve to be discussed, but Sam Tomkins and Michael Dobson are undeniably the ones who have really caught the eye.

At prop, I’d be reluctant to leave out James Graham, but can’t really argue with Morley and Peacock.

Hooker is a problem. Scott Moore has tailed off in the latter stages of the season, but is there a better candidate?

You could be a little depressed by the back-row options - two veteran Australians and the familiar talents of Kevin Sinfield.
I’d rather have the feeling that a few young British forwards were battering the door down in those positions.

The conclusion has to be that we are still desperately shallow in quality in several positions. And for every player like Tomkins or Ryan Hall who bursts onto the scene, there is another like Joe Westerman or Sam Burgess who has not really kicked on this season.
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