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How Good Is: Konrad Hurrell

How Good Is: Konrad Hurrell

For a bloke who first picked up a Steeden just three years ago, it's both frightening and fitting that Konrad Hurrell shall now be referred to as Hurricane Hurrell. 

After all, we were all witnesses to his rookie campaign when he battled superstardom and weight issues all the way back down to the NSW Cup.  

In coach-speak, he was downgraded from a category four hurricane to a little more than a whirlwind gale, causing the rest of us to wonder: is there really a place for six-pack-challenged players, guys of the Dave Taylor variety, in this cut-throat world of the NRL? 

But in 2013, Hurrell gave us all the answers, establishing himself as one of the premier centres in the NRL. 

His 13 tries, 14 line breaks and 69 tackle breaks was even enough for the coach of the defending World Cup champions, Stephen Kearney, to enquire about representing the Kiwis. 

The fact that Hurrell turned him down in favour of his country of birth was a sign of a maturity rarely seen in a 22-year-old. And while Tonga disappointed many by not advancing to the knockout stages, the heavy artillery they packed on their right edge was a source of envy among the other nations. 

But it's not the trademark busts, or the stampeding runs, or the fact that he's swapped the trademark smile for a deathly game face that make us love Hurricane Hurrell. 

No, we watch Konrad Hurrell because apparently there is a place for the six-pack-challenged, especially the ones who blow kisses to mum after a try. And how good is that?   

His Trademark Move: What sets Hurrell apart from the rest is the fact that he actually doesn't have a trademark move. There's no sidestep, no goose step, no dummy step, and certainly no chip and chase. Just give him some early ball, get him steaming onto it, and sit back and watch the damage unfold.

That's not to say the Warriors centre can't do anything else. There was the one try he scored off a standing start against Manly, beating five in an individual effort in Round 13, and then there was the 95-metre intercept he displayed against the Broncos in Round 16. But make no mistake, the crowd rises when Hurrell is part of a big shift to the right. 

His Key Play of 2013: It'd be unfair of us to single out Bryson Goodwin like this, but what the Rabbitohs centre needs to know is that he's just one of a long list of victims Hurrell has left in his wake. 

Goodwin joins the likes of Greg Inglis, Anthony Watmough, Dave Taylor, Jorge Taufua, Johnathan Wright and Corey Norman on a growing catalogue of players Hurrell has either left seated on the turf or left almost dismembered after their attempted tackle. 

But his Perth effort against the Rabbitohs in particular will be on highlight reels to come, trampling a helpless Goodwin before swatting away Merritt and leaving Inglis flat-footed on his way to the line. 

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