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Flyin' Ryan: Papenhuyzen sets season record

Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen is working back into form after a lengthy layoff and his value was on show last round as he set a Telstra Tracker season record.

Papenhuyzen became just the second player this year to record more than 1000 high-speed metres (20km/h or more) in a match after Parramatta fullback Clint Gutherson (1012hsm) in round three.

The Storm dynamo racked up 1042hsm during the 34-20 win over the Titans in what was his first 80-minute game since round five.

He put a gap on the chasing pack with Sharks custodian Will Kennedy (832hsm), young Titans fullback Jayden Campbell (806hsm) and Raiders centre Sebastian Kris (790hsm) his nearest competitors.

Meanwhile, Papenhuyzen's Melbourne teammate Josh Addo-Carr topped the maximum velocity category with a high of 37.4km/h - a sizzling speed but still short of his season-best of 38.1km/h.

The winger finished ahead of Cowboys pair Valentine Holmes (34.2km/h) and Heilum Luki (34.1km/h) as well as Bronco flyer Xavier Coates (33.9km/h) and Sea Eagles flanker Reuben Garrick (33.9km/h).

Elsewhere, Warriors halfback Chad Townsend marked his return from a shoulder injury with a round-high tally of 9.386km covered.

The veteran playmaker led the way from his halves partner Chanel Harris-Tavita (9.3km), Gold Coast's Campbell (9.249km) and North Queensland No.7 Tom Dearden (9.216km).

Raiders utility Matt Frawley was only used for 15 minutes against Manly but hardly stopped moving when he got his chance, averaging 108.6 metres per minute to head the relative distance list.

Similarly, Warriors forward Jack Murchie played just 11 minutes against the Broncos but averaged 102.9 metres per minute.

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