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Experts' view: Who'll be top scorer in 2020

The race to finish the 2020 regular season as the competition's leading point scorer was Kyle Flanagan's to lose before he spent two weeks out of the Roosters team.

Now he is back and caught in a tight race for the prestigious honour.

With five matches remaining, there are three players (Kyle Flanagan, Adam Reynolds and Zac Lomax) within two points on the leaderboard and four (throw in Nathan Cleary) within 10.

So, who do the experts at NRL.com think will finish the year at the top of the standings?

Experts view

Jamie Soward (former Blues five-eighth)

I hold the record for points scored in Dragons colours and I can't wait for Zac Lomax to one day break that mark. Before that, I'm backing him to be the leading scorer in the NRL in 2020.

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Steve Renouf (Maroons legend)

For me, I think it will be Nathan Cleary. He can find the line and his goal kicking percentage is also very good. Penrith will rack up a lot more points going forward. That means more points for the Blues No.7.

Paul Suttor (NRL.com editor)

If he hadn't spent a couple of weeks languishing on the reserves bench, Kyle Flanagan would be out in front and this would not even be a question - he will kick clear again over the last five rounds to hold off the chasing bunch.

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Mary Konstantopoulos (Ladies Who League)

One of the biggest benefits the Rabbitohs have heading into the finals is the kicking game of Adam Reynolds. He has shown on countless occasions that he can also kick a field goal under pressure and with an 88 per cent record when it comes to conversions, he will be scoring a lot more points as Souths roll on to the finals.

Lone Scout (NRL.com Fantasy guru)

I'll back Zac Lomax. The 20-year-old centre is having a breakout season and his ability to get over the line gives him the edge. The Dragons have improved their attack in the second half of the season which should give him more goal-kicking opportunities in the final few rounds.

Dan Walsh (NRL.com reporter)

Nathan Cleary. I'll back the Panthers sharpshooter for a big finish down the home straight given Penrith have an easier lead-in to the finals than the Roosters (Flanagan) and Rabbitohs (Reynolds). One decent swag of points will likely decide this year's top point scorer.

Brad Walter (NRL.com senior reporter)

Adam Reynolds. The Rabbitohs have the ability to rack up big scores as they demonstrated against Manly and Reynolds is the best kicker in the NRL.

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Tanisha Stanton (NRL.com reporter)

It’s hard to go past Adam Reynolds. Slotting nine from nine plus a penalty goal last the weekend against the Sea Eagles showed his worth. If it comes down to the opportunity to win a game in golden point, his boot is always ready to go.

Chris Kennedy (NRL.com reporter)

I'll back Kyle Flanagan – he can score a try and would probably have been uncatchable if he hadn't been dropped for a couple of weeks. The Roosters were back to the attacking force we know with the Morris twins back last week and have some firepower to return over the next fortnight or so. 

Troy Whittaker (NRL.com reporter)

Being the only outside back in the top five, St George Illawarra centre Zac Lomax arguably has the best chance to add to his total with tries as well as goals. He's already touched down 10 times and has become the go-to guy on the right edge. 

Margie McDonald (NRL.com senior reporter)

Jarrod Croker. Since 2010, Croker has scored more than 200 points a season five times. His goalkicking (at over 87 per cent) and try-scoring (in past 10 seasons he's reached double digits five times as well) isn't wavering. Has some catching up to do, but can do it.

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Martin Lenehan (NRL.com senior journalist)

Nathan Cleary may be 10 off the lead but the Panthers supremo will come home with a wet sail. The ladder leaders are set to rack up some big scores against struggling sides in the last five rounds and Cleary will get his eye in for the finals with a truckload of goals and a few tries thrown in for good measure.

Zac Bailey (NRL.com reporter)

Nathan Cleary. He may in fourth place at the moment, but the Panthers have a favourable draw to finish the season. Cleary's goal-kicking has been outstanding in 2020 and there's a good chance he'll cross for a couple more tries between now and the end of the regular season.

Alicia Newton (NRL.com reporter)

Zac Lomax for a sneaky win here. Not only is Lomax slotting goals but he's found the try line on 10 occasions to boost his overall number. His try-scoring ability could be the difference here.

Kenny Scott (NRL.com Sunday Session podcaster)

Stating the obvious is a boring thing to do, but looking at goal kicking accuracy alone, it's going to be Adam Reynolds. In a three-horse race, between him, Kyle Flanagan and Zac Lomax he is the one who should do best under pressure.

 

The views in this article do not necessarily express the opinions of the NRL, ARL Commission, NRL clubs or state associations.

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