Holden Cup wrap: Round 10
All the key stats, breakout players and talking points from Round 10 of the National Youth Competition.
Individual performance of the year
Wayde Egan take a bow. The Panthers hooker was simply unstoppable against the Warriors on Saturday, becoming the first hooker in NYC history to score four tries in a game. He'd already completed his hat-trick inside 14 minutes thanks to some sloppy defence around the ruck, and then backed up a break in the second half to etch his name into the record books. He also chipped in with 109 metres, three line breaks, 37 tackles and five tackles breaks to guide his side to another easy win.
We've seen plenty of famous father-son combinations in the Holden Cup over the years, and now you can add Nick and Mark O'Meley to that list after the youngster bagged a hat-trick on debut for the Roosters in their narrow loss to Parramatta on Sunday. Unlike his father – who also played for the Roosters – Nick shunned the front row to play on the left wing where he excelled against Junior Kiwis star Greg Leleisiuao, scoring from a kick, a backline sweep and an intercept in a standout performance for the defending premiers.
Another round of upsets
If you think NRL tipping is hard, spare a thought for everyone - probably just me - battling to predict the Holden Cup. Five of the eight games in Round 10 were won by the lower-ranked side, with the Sea Eagles and Bulldogs producing the biggest upsets of the weekend with wins over North Queensland and Brisbane.
First shutout of the year
Hats off to the Rabbitohs who became the first Holden Cup team to hold an opponent to nil in 2017. Their 18-0 win over the Wests Tigers was just their second victory of the season and moves them four points clear of the winless Warriors.
Players of the Round
We're tracking the best performances every round this year with a good old-fashioned 3-2-1 points system.
3 – If you read the first headline then it's quite obvious Wayde Egan gets the three points.
2 – Rabbitohs centre Campbell Graham was the difference on Friday night with two tries, 240 metres and 11 tackle breaks in the win over the Tigers.
1 – Knights halfback Josh Ralph celebrated his second start of the season with two tries, two try assists, three line breaks and seven tackle busts against Canberra.
Dragons 14 – Sharks 36
Wests Tigers 0 – Rabbitohs 18
Panthers 38 – Warriors 16
Bulldogs 22 – Cowboys 16
|Sea Eagles 46 – Broncos 10
Storm 32 – Titans 44
Knights 32 – Raiders 6
Roosters 28 – Eels 30