He may be a late bloomer, but Penrith’s Sonny Luke is showing why he should be in the conversation to fill the Api Korisa No.9 jersey next season.
Meanwhile, the Roosters’ mid-season Oliver Gildart impressed on his debut for the North Sydney Bears, while Drew Hutchison was top class in his first NSW Cup game.
Eels prop Makahesi Makatoa responded by being dropped from the NRL side for the first time this season, while fellow props Fletcher Baker, Atta Mariota and Josh Stuckey all had games to remember.
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Roosters Mid-Season Recruitment, Oliver Gildart He had a debut game to remember for the NSW Cup feeder side, the North Sydney Bears. Gildart had five tackles, five tackles, four tackles and 156 rushing yards in the Bears’ 60-4 win over the Cavaliers.
Mr. Chickens fixed it. Drew HutchisonHe bounced back to make his first cup appearance of the season. All that first grade experience showed as Hutchison set up four tackles, four line breaks, four tackle busts and 131 rushing yards.
It was not a good day for Newcastle Edric LeeAdam O’Brien’s 17 missed tackles and Lee, who lined up on the wing, ran 61 yards to get a punt and a carry.
When Dean Hawkins steps up to replace Lachlan Elias in the NRL, Blake Taffe Played half back for the Rabbitohs reserve side. Taffee produced a try, a line break, two tackle busts and 37 rushing yards as well as 26 tackles with three interceptions.
Broncos player Albert Kelly He returned from a long-term foot injury at the weekend against Queensland Cup feeder team South Logan Magpies, with a line break, a line break, seven tackle busts and 73 running metres.
Meanwhile Tesi Sub After missing out on selection for the Broncos, he found himself playing for the Magpies. New has two pass breakups, a pass breakup, six tackles and 132 yards rushing.
Son Luke With his eyes on the Panthers’ No.9 NRL jersey, Api Korisau heads to the Tigers next season and the 26-year-old showed exactly what he has to offer on Saturday.
Luke’s fingertips were on everything, with three try assists, a line break assist, two tackle busts, two tackles and 116 running meters as well as 42 tackles with three goals.
Speaking to Fox League after the game, Luke said Corosao’s instructions were “unrealistic” and when asked if he wanted the No.9 jersey next year, he said: “Yes of course if the opportunity comes, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
Luke also spoke of Mitch Kenny, who is vying for the role, “Mitch Kenny has been there and done the training, but I’d be happy to take him if the opportunity came up.
Speaking of the Panthers’ rise, soon-to-be Ill Jemaine Hopgood He had another blinder, scoring a double, two line breaks, five tackle busts and 148 running metres, as well as making 33 tackles for two losses in a 42-10 win over the Mounties at Penrith.
Now to the current issue, Makahesi MakatoaBrad Arthur’s 17-miss return to the cup amassed 242 running meters – 115 post-contact – three tackle busts, one offside and 27 tackles with nil as Parramatta beat South Sydney 32-10.
Sean Russell While scoring a hat Zach Cini He also looked good in a try, with two try assists, a line break, two line breaks, two tackle busts and 93 running metres.
Brandon Wakeham He led the Bulldogs in a 38-12 win over Blacktown with two tackles, three linebackers, three tackles and 102 rushing metres, finishing 14 from zero.
Josh Stuckey He was near perfect on both sides of the ball for the Dogs with 171 rushing yards, two tackles, four sacks and 19 tackles for zero losses. Ryan Gray He had plenty of fun on the rampage, scoring three tries, finding two line breaks and making 33 tackles for two losses.
Atta Mariota He should be on a high after making his undrafted NRL debut in round 21. The Gunners prop was back in the Cup at the weekend and produced his most comprehensive performances – a try, two line breaks, four tackles, 219 running meters and 26 tackles with zero missed.
Mariota wasn’t the only prop to cross the line — Fletcher Baker scored twice for the Bears. He also had two line breaks, six tackle busts and 170 rushing yards, along with 17 tackles for a miss.
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The ability of the PNG hunters center Benji Cote He was featured in the 23 draw against Townsville. Cote scored twice and set up another to go with his 150-yard run.
Gehamat ShibasakiHaving agreed a train-and-trial deal with the Cowboys before the August 1 deadline, he starred at center for the 11th-placed Mackay Cutters in their 38-34 win over competition leaders Burley. Shibasaki scored 297 rushing yards, two pass breakups, three pass assists and nine tackles.
In the same match, the Queensland Cup’s top try-scorer, Alofiana Khan-Perera He maintained his lead with four tries for Burleigh. He also set up a fifth try, had two line breaks, three tackle busts and 195 rushing yards.
Meanwhile, fullback Jack Ahern He proved to be the difference for the Norths Devils, scoring the crucial try, another assist, three line breaks, four tackle busts and 204 running yards, as well as scoring a field goal in the 74th minute.
Tristan the sailor For South Logan this season he has shuffled between five-eighth and fullback but may have found a home in the No.6 jersey after scoring three tries at the weekend. Redcliffe Dolphins won 34-22 but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
Full refund Trai Fuller He also had a touchdown, two pass breakups, 13 tackles and 181 yards rushing.
Half back Cameron Cullen He was equally important in setting up three tries and getting four online assists. However, he missed seven balls.
Meanwhile, Warriors center Rocco Berry He was strong on both sides of the ball for the Dolphins, with a try assist, two line breaks, three tackle busts and 177 rushing yards with 22 tackles and zero misses.
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Rabbitohs whore Peter Mamuzelos He is back from a wrist injury suffered in the Browns’ loss to the Eels. The 21-year-old went 80 minutes without injury, scoring a try assist, a lineout assist, a tackle bust and finishing with 47 tackles with one miss.
Bulldogs duo Jackson Toppin And Zach Docker-Clay He returned to action Sunday after playing 19 and 12 minutes, respectively, in Friday’s loss to the Warriors. Toppin was as busy as ever, running for 148 meters for a try and making 31 tackles with zero misses, while Dockar Clay got into the locker to try and run for 158 meters and 35 tackles. With only one loss.
Storm utility Tyran Wishart After getting just five minutes on Thursday, he dropped back to get a few minutes to his feet. Wishart played 5-8 for Sunshine Coast and scored a try, made two tackles and ran for 118 meters with 22 tackles for nil.