MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13: Max Gawn of the Demons and Brodie Grundy of the Magpies compete in a ruck contest during the 2016 AFL Round 12 match between the Melbourne Demons and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Champion Data have ranked the 10 best rukmen of the 2020 season so far, with Melbourne’s Max Gawn taking first place.

It would come as no surprise that the superstar has taken out the number one spot, averaging 32 hit outs per game this season.

Todd Goldstein and Nic Naitanui rounded out the top three, despite Kane Cornes placing Naitanui at number one on his list.

St Kilda’s Paddy Ryder and Gold Coast Co-Captain Jarrod Witts made up the top five.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy sitting ninth despite leading the league in hitouts.

However, Gary Healy said on Fox Footy’s On the Couch that he didn’t think Grundy has had the best year.

“I think he’s had a couple of great games early in the piece and I think he’s battled a fair bit in recent times.

“Grundy is one of the real superstars of the competition, he’s a top 5 – 10 player,” Healy said.

Scott Lycett, Marc Pittonet, Reilly O’Brien and Rowan Marshall rounded out the the top 10.

TOP 10 RUCKMEN THIS SEASON PER CHAMPION DATA RANKINGS

  1. Max Gawn (Melbourne)
  2. Todd Goldstein (North Melbourne)
  3. Nic Naitanui (West Coast)
  4. Paddy Ryder (St Kilda)
  5. Jarrod Witts (Gold Coast)
  6. Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide)
  7. Marc Pittonet (Carlton)
  8. Reilly O’Brien (Adelaide)
  9. Brodie Grundy (Collingwood)
  10. Rowan Marshall (St Kilda)