Melbourne Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen made his Newcastle Knights opponents look silly as he sprinted 90 metres to drag off a attempt for the NRL’s end-of-season highlights reel.
Throughout Sunday’s spherical 12 conflict on the Sunshine Coast, the Knights had been trailing by six factors within the first half when playmaker Kalyn Ponga booted a grubber in the direction of the Melbourne attempt line.
Papenhuyzen collected the footy ten metres out at ankle top, and instantly steadied to burst via two tacklers.
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After evading one other failed deal with try, the 22-year-old executed a cultured step which left opposition fullback Ponga sprawled on the turf.
With 4 Knights chasing him, Papenhuyzen then sprinted the remaining 60 metres, ultimately scoring within the nook as the gang went berserk.
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“Just a bit too good and just a little too fast,” Fox League commentator Andrew Voss bellowed.
“It’s a magical piece of play from Papenhuyzen … he’s one of many stars of the league.”
Penrith Panthers nice Greg Alexander agreed: “The best way he picked it up and simply accelerated between the defenders, left them scattered.
“He was in some way in a position to keep that pace for lengthy sufficient to get him throughout the attempt line.
“To have the ability to throw these gamers after which provide you with that footwork right away on Kalyn Ponga and keep your pace for 90 metres, he’s a terrific athlete.”
Papenhuyzen has thrown his hat within the ring for a shock Origin name up this season, managing six tries and 4 attempt assists in 12 matches thus far.
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Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy believes the speedy prodigy can be a perfect supersub for the New South Wales Blues squad.
“I do know once we first introduced him into first grade, he was coming off the bench and a little bit of his time was within the ruck. We tried to make use of his tempo there both facet of halftime,” Bellamy advised NRL.com.
“The factor that satisfied us to attempt that was his toughness. He’s a tricky child and he doesn’t shirk the defensive stuff.
“Actually at occasions his lack of measurement will get proven up, however actually his coronary heart and his willingness to get into contact … there’s not too many harder gamers in these conditions.
“I feel he’d do a terrific job for the Blues and he’d cowl a couple of positions for them with accidents, however in case you wanted just a little little bit of a spark via the center he’d actually deal with that.
“He’d deal with the defensive facet of it as nicely.”
In a worrying second for the Storm, skipper Cameron Smith exited the sector late within the first half with a minor shoulder damage.
“I wouldn’t like to take a position … however uncharted territory while you’re speaking about Cameron Smith and accidents. He’s simply the participant that doesn’t get injured,” Alexander stated on Fox League.
Melbourne had been main 18-6 when gamers retired to the change rooms at halftime.