Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues have dominated the NRL Players' Poll released on Thursday with four players being voted by their peers as the best in their position.
Sydney Roosters fullback James Tedesco and centre Latrell Mitchell, who were part of the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues team that claimed the 2018 Holden State of Origin, Roosters teammate and Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues extended squad member Luke Keary and Parramatta Eels winger Blake Ferguson were deemed the best in the business after a poll of more than 150 players from all 16 clubs.
In the battle of the states, New South Wales boasts 22 players across the top five in each positional leaderboard compared to Queensland’s 10.
Tedesco led the voting in the fullback position at 55%. The Roosters No.1 has been in a rich vein of form in recent weeks for the tricolours and currently leads the competition for linebreaks (11) and tackle breaks (61) after 10 rounds. New South Wales players Clinton Gutherson (5%) and Tom Trbojevic (3%) rounded out the top 5 fullbacks.
Taking 33% of votes for best winger in the NRL was Ferguson, who is arguably one of the buys of the 2019 season after picking up where he left off last year with his first NRL Premiership while he was at the Roosters. He was closely followed in second place by Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues winger and Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr (24%).
Mitchell took the lion’s share of the votes for best centre at 80% and his recent run of point-scoring has put him well in the discussion alongside South Sydney’s Cody Walker as one of the competition’s form players. Other New South Wales centres on the leaderboard included Raiders captain Jarrod Croker (4%) and Eels flyer Michael Jennings (3%).
Leading the votes tally at 41% in the five-eighth position, 2018 Clive Churchill Medallist Luke Keary has picked up where he left off after his man-of-the-match performance in last year’s NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final. As one of the extended squad members of the 2018 Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues, he has certainly put himself in the frame for a 2019 State of Origin debut in the No. 6 jersey. Leading try-scorer (11) Cody Walker was third on the leaderboard for best five-eighth with 18% of votes.