RYAN’S RUNNING GAME IS BACK AS STORM SNARE MINOR PRIZE
THE Storm defeated the Sharks 28-16 on the back of a starring display from a reborn Ryan Papenhuyzen (pictured) to lock up a fourth minor premiership in six years.
All the talk coming into the game was around Papenhuyzen and whether he could play himself back into form before the finals.
Based on what he produced in the victory over the Sharks, Papenhuyzen is assured of the fullback jersey for the first final next week.
Papenhuyzen finished with 204 run metres, 14 tackle busts, three linebreaks and three tries in his best performance since coming back from a long lay-off due to concussion. Papenhuyzen’s second try in the second half came from some excellent support play that was the key to his game before the concussion injury and truly announced that he is back to his best. Steve Roach paid tribute to the influence of Harry Grant, who set up the try with a superb run out of dummyhalf.
“I think he is the best dummyhalf in the game,” Roach said. “This kid has got a great nose of when to run.”