The results for NRL.com’s Fans’ Poll are in, and with over 50,000 votes, here are what the fans decided.
South Sydney hooker Damien Cook has been voted the best player in 2018, after amassing over one-quarter of the votes.
The No. 9 was named as the best hooker of the year with 63.9% of the votes compared to Cameron Smith’s 17.6%, while also taking home the gong for the most improved player, after amassing 34.5% of that vote and beating out Latrell Mitchell in second with 13.5%.
Cook’s coach Anthony Seibold has far and away been the best coach of 2018, with 40.8% of fans believes he’s the best in the business.
Only Craig Bellamy (20.1%) received over 10% of votes alongside Seibold.
Ponga was named the game’s best fullback by the fans in a tight race, with the top five players all separated by just 6.1%.
He was also named the best player under 22, collecting 41.4% of the vote, with 15.9% going to Mitchell.
Ponga was also voted by the fans as the game’s best buy of the year, collecting 40.2% of votes, with Tedesco, Maloney and Blake Green all polling between 12-13% of votes.
Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr was named the best winger, collecting 31% of the votes, edging out Kiwi David Fusitu’a with 21.2% of selections.
In arguably the most one-sided poll question, Mitchell cleaned up 59.8% of the votes as the game’s best centre, with Greg Inglis the next highest vote-getter with 9.3%.
Sam Burgess just edged out Jason Taumalolo as the NRL’s best middle forward, collecting 22.3% of the votes compared to the Cowboy’s 21.9%.