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Reserve grade wrap, New South Wales Cup, Queensland Cup, stats, Tyrone Peachey, Wests Tigers, Ronald Volkman, Warriors

Tyrone Peachey revealed last month that interim Tigers coach Brett Kimmorley wiped the slate clean when he stepped into the top job, telling every player on the outer that they have the opportunity to work their way back into the NRL side.

Peachey sent Kimmorley a big reminder with his most dominant performance this season in New South Wales Cup.

Meanwhile, a young Warriors playmaker’s form turned up the pressure on Shaun Johnson, a Sharks star’s brother had a breakout game and Manly’s hooking stocks have copped a significant hit.

Read on for the latest Reserve Grade Wrap.

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ALL EYES WERE ON

Tyrone Peachey produced his best performance since being dropped to reserve grade, scoring a try, setting up two more and getting a linebreak, two linebreak assists and eight tackle busts in the Magpies’ win over an almost unrecognisable Panthers outfit.

A lot of Penrith’s regular Cup players were called up to NRL to fill in for the rested Origin stars, but interestingly there was one very recognisable face in the side — Spencer Leniu.

The 21-year-old local junior has played 53 NRL games for the club, including 16 this season, but found himself in reserve grade after Ivan Cleary replaced him on the bench with Lindsay Smith.

Leniu played 74 minutes at prop — by the far the most he’s played this year — finishing with 96 running metres, seven tackle busts and 24 tackles with three misses.

Brian Kelly played his first Queensland Cup game for the season after being dropped from the Titans’ 17. The 26-year-old centre was busy with 223 metres and 8 tackle busts but it wasn’t enough to get Titans feeder club, Tweed Seagulls, a win over Sunshine Coast.

Mid-season Warriors recruit Ronald Volkman is keeping the pressure on halves Shaun Johnson and Chanel Harris-Tavita while running around with feeder side, Redcliffe Dolphins. Volkman scored a try and set up two more in Redcliffs’s 56-16 win over Norths Devils. He also got two linebreak assists, ran for 84 metres and slotted eight of his nine conversion attempts.

Fellow Warrior Daejarn Asi set up three tries in the win and also got a linebreak, a linebreak assist, three tackle busts and 96 running metres.

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STANDOUTS

There wasn’t much to smile about for Knights fans in the main game at 4 Pines Park on Saturday, but there was plenty to like in the reserve grade game.

Heath Gibbs had a day out in the centres, scoring a double, setting up another try, getting a linebreak, two linebreak assists, five tackle busts and running for 210 metres.

Hooker Luke Huth was just as busy, setting up a try, getting two linebreak assists and making 48 tackles with just two misses.

It was a similar story for the Titans, who slumped to their seventh straight loss, with a couple of their Top 30 players starring for feeder side, Burleigh.

Alofiana Khan-Pereira is now four points clear of second place on Queensland Cup’s top tryscorer tally after bagging a hat-trick in Burleigh’s 30-16 win over Townsville Blackhawks. The 20-year-old winger also got three linebreaks, a linebreak assist, five tackle busts and 151 running metres.

Meanwhile, The barnstorming Greg Marzhew notched up 200 running metres, a linebreak and 11 tackle busts in the centres.

Newtown are a real chance to go all the way this season and a few players have particularly been leading the club’s rich vein of form including Kayal Iro, Kade Dykes and Thomas Hazelton.

Iro scored a double, got two linebreaks, six tackle busts and once again notched up over 200 running metres, while Dykes, who shifted to fullback, was also impressive with a try, a try assist, a linebreak, two linebreak assists and six tackle busts. You get the feeling the two can’t be far off an NRL debut if Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon has to call on more troops.

Towering prop Hazelton played close to a perfect game with a try, a linebreak, six tackle busts, 179 running metres and 25 tackles with zero misses.

Meanwhile, Caleb Uele, younger brother of Sharks prop Braden, had a blinder for the Jets, finishing with a try assist, a linebreak assist, three tackle busts, 178 running metres and 20 tackles with two misses. Uele made the move from New Zealand last year to chase his NRL dream after Braden told him he has nothing to lose.

Northern Pride prop Nick Lui-Toso reached a new height in running metres for the season with 260 — 109 post-contact. He also made 21 tackles with zero misses, while in the same game, Wynnum Manly’s fullback Ben Farr shone in a losing side with a try assist, a linebreak assist, seven tackle busts and 243 running metres.

Radean Robinson and Nixon Putt played a huge role in the Capra’s 62-24 win over PNG Hunters. Five-eighth Robinson scored two tries, set up three more, had two linebreaks, three linebreak assists and eight tackle busts.

Meanwhile, second-rower Putt scored a hat-trick against his former club, he also set up two more tries, got two linebreaks, two linebreak assists, three tackle busts and 189 metres. The 26-year-old PNG international also made 17 tackles with one miss.

Bears prop Terrell May continued his fine form this season with another 200-plus-metre effort in a 28-all draw with the Dragons. May topped the metre count (225) and tackle count (37 with zero misses) for both sides.

Treigh Stewart shone at fullback for the Dragons with Tyrell Sloan shifting to a wing. Stewart, who was a part of the 2019 SG Ball premiership winning Illawarra Steelers team with Sloan, finished with a try, a try assist, a linebreak, a linebreak assist, eight tackle busts and 191 running metres.

Meanwhile, Matt Dufty scored a double and set up another try in the Bulldogs’ 20-10 win over the Rabbitohs but new recruit Jeral Skelton stole the show in just his second NSW Cup game. Skelton recently made the switch from rugby union, joining the Dogs on a train-and-trial deal. The 23-year-old scored two tries in the first 10 minutes, got two linebreaks, 10 tackle busts and ran for 189 metres while also making 11 tackles with zero misses at centre.

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SPOTTED

James Segeyaroleft the field early in Blacktown’s loss to the Knights after straining a tendon in his foot. This isn’t good news for Manly given back-up hooker Karl Lawton is out for the season.

Newtown have re-claimed top spot on the NSW Cup ladder after a 30-10 win over Parramatta. They leapfrogged Penrith in Round 14 and sat first for just a week before the Panthers took it back. Newtown take on fourth-placed North Sydney this week, while Penrith take on last-placed Blacktown.

Which coach has sent an S.O.S to players he overlooked all season in favour of youngsters (due to pressure from the higher ups at the affiliated NRL club), hoping they’ll return to help get the team’s finals chase back on track?



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