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Ben Barba

Bulldogs

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Jamie Lyon

Sea Eagles

It makes no difference whether he’s chiming into the backline on a set move or searching for room deep inside his own quarter – the fact is oppositions continue to find collaring Ben Barba the toughest assignment in the NRL. Just when players think they have him surrounded he’ll pump his legs and in a blur of acceleration be off and gone – either touching down for a try or paving the way for a team-mate to score.
Ben Barba
 
Jamie Lyon
Now in his sixth season with Manly and 11th in the NRL since debuting with Parramatta in 2000, Jamie Lyon has developed into one of the most complete attacking players in the Telstra Premiership. The Sea Eagles co-captain has been inspirational in 2012 with his dynamic running game – combined with his playmaking abilities – helping Manly re-establish their standing as one of the competition’s powerhouses.
 
 

Barba’s cut

Friday 13th July

Fringe King

Friday 10th August

Barba’s cut
Fringe King

Has there been a more naturally gifted attacking rugby league player? Matthew Bowen… Benji Marshall… Billy Slater… Greg Inglis… no question they’re all superstars – but no-one has ever before shown the ability to turn games on their heads so often and against the odds like Ben Barba has in 2012. The custodian has an unrivalled knack for reading plays; it’s like his mind is functioning five seconds ahead of the clock.

A graceful carrier of the football on the right edge, Lyon can beat his opposite number with a classic in-and-away, or send his winger or fullback through with a brilliant piece of improvised skill (as he did against the Broncos in Round 25, scoring a try himself and also setting up Brett Stewart). Lyon has scored nine tries this season and has added six line-breaks and 51 tackle-breaks; however it is his value as a ‘third half’ in the centres that sets him apart.