Tiger cubs blitz Central Coast

Feb 17, 2015 | By Tigers

By Chris Karas, The Weekly Times

YOUNG gun Ryan Papenhuyzen is the Tiger cub on everyone’s lips after a dazzling solo performance in the opening round of the NSWRL U/18 S.G Ball Cup competition.

In a meritorious sporting feat, the dashing 16 year old fullback nabbed five tries to spearhead Balmain’s 58-8 drubbing of Central Coast last Saturday at Morrie Breen Oval and give his side a rollicking start to the 2015 junior representative series.

Papenhuyzen, who was named the NSWRL’s U/16 Harold Matthews Cup Player of the Year last season, has already come under the scrutiny of Wests Tigers’ officials for his classy attacking skills.

An elusive back with flashy footwork and tricky step, he is a trump card for coach Mathew Head who guided Balmain to an S.G Ball premiership in 2013.

Ryan racked up a personal tally of 22 points before he was rested late in the match.

Papenhuyzen was best on field as the Tigers raced in 12 tries to thump their Central Coast rivals with hooker and skipper Daniel Peck and forwards Lisala Tangi, TJ Uele, Jakob Giles, winger Niall Walker and centre Moses Suli also turning in strong games.

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PROMISING half back Adam Rizk engineered Balmain’s 34-10 victory over Central Coast in the U/16 Harold Matthews Cup.

The NSW Schoolboys rep impressed keen judges with his clever passing and sound kicking game as the cubs opened their 2015 campaign on a positive note.

Balmain led 16-0 at the break and produced a solid defensive effort led by back row forwards Alex Seyfarth, hooker and skipper Bennett Wheelhouse, lock Alex Labaley, Mateo Tatola with centre Scott Brooks, winger Abdalla Matar and fullback Laurence Zarounas impressive out wide.

The win was soured by a serious injury to prop Angus McElroy, who fractured an eye socket.

Balmain S.G Ball travel to Perth this weekend to lock horns with West Coast Pirates while the U/16 cubs line up against South West Sydney Academy this Saturday at Kirkham Park.

HAROLD MATTHEWS

Balmain 34 (Adam Rizk 2, Scott Brooks, Abdalla Matar, Alex Seyfarth, Ofa Amone tries; Laurence Zarounas 5 goals) def. Central Coast 10 (Kyle McLean, Peter Koszyk; Jake Slee goal)

 

SG BALL

Balmain 58 (Ryan Papenhuyzen 5, Moses Suli 2, Niall Walker, Toni Tali, Josh Bermingham, Jacob Tatupu, Lachlan Attwood tries; Suli 5 goals) def. Central Coast 8 (Lachlan Gallegos, Bayley Faull tries)


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