Rookie Watch - Round 7
Tue, 18 Apr 2017
RLPA.com.au each week provides an update on NRL rookies around the Clubs, highlighting the best performers in the lead-up to the Rookie of the Year medal at the Players’ Champion awards night.
Corey Jensen from the North Queensland Cowboys was the only player to debut in Round 7, with the forward making an appearance off the interchange bench against the Dragons.
The addition of Jensen brings the number of players to make their debut in 2017 to 27 after seven games.
Sharks hooker Jayden Brailey was one of the standout rookies from the weekend, stepping up yet again as the side’s only specialist hooker as he set-up a crucial try for his skipper Paul Gallen in the victory over Penrith.
Sea Eagles flyer Brian Kelly continued his impressive introduction to first grade, scoring a try, setting up another and making two line-breaks against Melbourne.
Gideon Gela-Mosby also added another four-pointer to his tally for the season, with the Cowboys speedster having now crossed three times in four games.
Across the competition, 15 rookies took the field for the respective Clubs in Round 7, with the Broncos, Roosters, Warriors, Panthers and Eels the only teams without rookies in their line-ups.
NRL - ROUND 7
Bulldogs vs Rabbitohs
Marcelo Montoya (Bulldogs) – 80 minutes, 75 metres
Matt Frawley (Bulldogs) – 54 minutes, 2 line-breaks
Braidon Burns (Rabbitohs) – 80 minutes, 98 metres
Knights vs Roosters
Luke Yates (Newcastle) – 30 minutes, 30 metres, 22 tackles
Sam Stone (Newcastle) – 45 minutes, 44 metres, 36 tackles
Broncos vs Titans
Tyronne Roberts-Davis (Titans) – 80 minutes, 64 metres
Max King (Titans) – 28 minutes, 40 metres, 13 tackles
Sea Eagles vs Storm
Brian Kelly (Sea Eagles) – 80 minutes, 1 try, 145 metres, 13 tackles, 2 line-breaks, 1 try-assist
Ryley Jacks (Storm) – 35 minutes, 17 metres, 13 tackles
Raiders vs Warriors
Nick Cotric (Raiders) – 80 minutes, 125 metres, 1 line-break
Dragons vs Cowboys
Hame Sele (Dragons) - 16 minutes, 16 metres, 15 tackles
Gideon Gela-Mosby (Cowboys) – 1 try, 80 minutes, 56 metres
Corey Jensen* (Cowboys) – 23 minutes, 74 metres, 16 tackles
Panthers vs Sharks
Jayden Brailey (Sharks) – 67 minutes, 53 metres, 41 tackles, 1 line-break, 1 try-assist
Eels vs Tigers
Moses Suli (Wests Tigers) – 80 minutes, 126 metres
*NRL debut in Round 7