HUDDERSFIELD Giants season of success has been recognised as they have two players in the Super League Dream Team for the first time.
Full back Brett Hodgson and hooker Scott Moore were named in the competition’s top XIII at the Galpharm Stadium.
Stephen Wild is the only Giants player to have previously featured in the Dream Team when he was named at loose forward in 2007 – the only previous season that Huddersfield reached the play-offs.
For Australian star Hodgson it brought a ‘double’ success having been named in the NRL’s version – the Dally M awards named in honour of former Australian rugby league great Herbert Henry ‘Dally’ Messenger – when he was voted full back of the year in 2005, a season in which he topped the NRL scorers charts with 308 points.
“To double up is superb,” said Hodgson, who admitted: “I didn’t know a lot about the award to be honest, in fact I didn’t know it existed until Nathan (Brown) told us a little while ago.
“I am very happy to stand alongside some really top quality players.
“But the award really is more of a testimony to where the team is at the moment.
“In my position at full back you don’t get to play well unless the other guys, especially the forwards, do a great job.
“I am forever praising what they have done this year and the reason that Scotty and myself were standing there with the rest of the dream team players is because that all of our guys are playing well.”
Along with the Giants pair there were six other debutants with a quartet from Hull KR – winger Peter Fox, scrum-half Michael Dobson and second rowers Ben Galea and Clint Newton – Leeds winger Ryan Hall, who is Super League’s leading try-scorer in 2009 with 28 tries, and the youngest player 20-year-old Wigan Warriors stand-off Sam Tomkins.
England captain Jamie Peacock is again featured in the front row, where he makes his seventh appearance, while there are recurring Dream Team appearances for two players who have not featured for some time.
Leeds Rhinos’ Huddersfield-born centre Keith Senior’s outstanding form earns him a recall to the Dream Team for the first time since 2004, while Warrington skipper Adrian Morley dons a Dream Team jersey 10 years after he was last named in Super League’s form side.
1. Brett Hodgson (Huddersfield – debut)
2. Peter Fox (Hull KR – debut)
3. Matt Gidley (St Helens – 2008)
4. Keith Senior (Leeds – 2002, 2003, 2004)
5. Ryan Hall (Leeds – debut)
6. Sam Tomkins (Wigan – debut)
7. Michael Dobson (HKR – debut)
8. Adrian Morley (Warrington – 1998, 1999)
9. Scott Moore (Huddersfield – debut)
10. Jamie Peacock (Leeds – 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008)
11. Ben Galea (HKR – debut)
12. Clint Newton (HKR – debut)
13. Kevin Sinfield (Leeds – 2005, 2006, 2008)