reserve ratings recap, results, NSW Cup, Queensland Cup, scores, Jayden Campbell, Josh Kerr, Jake Averillo Covid-19, Cody Ramsey

Axed Dragon Tyrell Sloan sent a big statement to manager Anthony Griffin with a dominating performance in the New South Wales Cup.

A hat-trick hero has emerged as a silver lining to the Eels’ backline woes and a Sharks fullback and prop are enjoying rapid rise.

Several freshmen returned from injury through reserve grade over the weekend, while the Bulldogs’ Covid-19 crisis opened the door for the next generation.

However, a Bulldogs first-year student made it into the NSW Cup despite the group being ruled out of the NRL – and Phil Gould has explained why.

Tristan Sailor played his first match for Souths Logan and the North Sydney Bears’ unbeaten streak came to an end.

Read on for the recap of this week’s Reserve Ratings.

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ALL EYES WAS ON

The tastes of Cody Ramsey, hymel hunt, Jayden Campbell, Tanah Boyd and Jamayne Taunoa-Brown back from injury, while Josh Kerr and Mitch Kenny found themselves in the NSW Cup after being kicked out of NRL sides Dragons and Panthers respectively.

However it seems hunt may head straight back to the emergency department after suffering a suspected fractured cheekbone on his return from a knee injury.

For what it’s worth, the Knights fullback had a busy day going 186 yards and making three tackle saves in Newcastle’s loss to Parramatta.

Ramsey put his hamstring injury behind him to score a brace. He also had two tackle busts and notched 118 running yards in the Dragons’ impressive victory over the Bears.

Meanwhile, Kerr was originally named in Griffin’s 17 but was spotted playing in the Cup on Sunday before the club confirmed he had been dropped. The 26-year-old prop scored in the first minute, landed a line break and ran for 130 yards while making 23 tackles with no misses.

And speaking of making a statement, Sloan sent a reminder of what he is capable of in his best performance since being dropped to reserve grade. The young full-back scored a try and set up two more, while also getting a line break, a line break assist, seven tackle jumps and 180 running yards.

Kenny was also spotted in the NSW Cup on Sunday and played a big part in the Panthers’ 44-12 thrashing of the Raiders. He played the full 80 minutes at hooker, setting up two tries, getting two line-breaking assists and two tackle busts while making 39 tackles with three misses.

The 24-year-old’s response to his retirement will no doubt put some selection pressure on coach Ivan Cleary.

Meanwhile, the young fullback Campbell did not return straight in the Titans 17 and instead made his return from a rib injury via Queensland Cup feeder team Tweed Seagulls. The 22-year-old was solid at the back, going 125 yards, getting four tackle saves and making 10 tackles without a miss.

His Titans teammate Tanah Boyd also returned from a fractured cheekbone, which he suffered in the first round. Boyd, who played 40 minutes off the bench at hooker, had a relatively quiet game, taking just two carries for 11 yards but making 23 tackles.

Taunoa-Brown was back in action for Northern Pride after picking up a blow to the head while in the Cowboys squad a fortnight ago. The 25-year-old was impressive in the 71 minutes he spent at the lock, covering 146 yards and making 30 tackles without a miss.

Should anything happen, Rabbitohs half-back Lachlan Ilias, fans can rest easy knowing Dean Hawkin is more than capable of intervening. The 23-year-old ran for 112 yards, had one line break, two assists, three tackle saves and just SIX assists in the Bunnies’ 34-10 win over the Magpies.

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REMARKABLE

Newtown is back in the winner’s circle thanks to some sublime performances from several players.

Jayden Berrel came back from injury and showed exactly why Sharks manager Craig Fitzgibbon gave him his first-ever NRL contract.

The 26-year-old played 80 minutes at hooker and set up two tries, had two tackle busts and ran for 91 yards while making 38 tackles with just one miss.

The Sharks are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to fullbacks. Will Kennedy – nominated for the 2021 Dally M Fullback of the Year – deservedly owns the No 1 shirt but Lachlan Miller stunned in the opening laps of Newtown to show he is more than capable of filling.

Miller has since moved to fifth-eighth and development player Kade Dikes is now going crazy in the back.

At 19, Dykes is still eligible to play for Jersey Flegg, but when he racks up 263 rushing yards, three line breaks and 14 tackle saves like he did last weekend, it’s easy to see why. he was promoted to the Cup.

Miller is doing very well in the halves too. The former rugby sevens star set up a try in Newtown’s 34-16 win over Blacktown and also had two line breaks, three assists and ran for 163 yards.

The Eels’ backline crisis has a silver lining – the development of a speedy winger Matthew Komolafe being accelerated.

Komolafe, who was selected for the NSW Under-16 squad alongside Will Penisini, came through the Eels system. He started the year at Jersey Flegg but with injuries plaguing the NRL side he found himself in the Cup and is making the most of the opportunity.

Komolafe has scored eight tries in three games, including a hat-trick in the last two games. He also ran 150 yards and made five tackle saves in the Eels’ 26-8 win over the Knights on Sunday.

Komolafe was as humble as can be in his post-match interview.

“(Coach) Ryan Carr just tells me to save it every week, so I’m just trying to save my performance and get a win for the team,” he told Fox League.

The 19-year-old took part in an NRL trial for the Eels during pre-season and is one to watch.

companion eel Ky Rodwell put on a mammoth performance on Sunday, playing 80 minutes at the lock and recording 148 running yards while making 49 tackles with no misses. The 102kg forward is another to watch after signing a two-year extension in February.

Still on the Eels, skipper Jordan Rankin missed out on a Top 30 contract for this season, but he’s proving he’s still a ready-made replacement in the NRL. The 30-year-old has spent time in halves and at the back this season and on Sunday, while wearing the No.1 shirt, scored a try, set up two more, had a line break, a line break assist, four tackle busts and went 143 yards.

Tyson Smoothie was dominant in the Sunshine Coast Falcons’ win over Mackay Cutters. The 22-year-old hooker set up two tries, had three tackle busts, threw a 40/20 and made 30 tackles with two misses.

His teammate, utility Dan Atkinsonalso managed a 40/20 and took advantage of it by scoring less than a minute later.

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SPOTLIGHT ON….

Thomas Hazelton has been named to the Sharks’ extended NRL squad a few times this season and although he is yet to reach the last 17, he is knocking on the door on his debut and his consistent performances for Newtown prove why.

The 23-year-old prop once again stood out for the Jets, scoring a try, getting a line break and seven tackle saves while covering 187 running yards.

Hailing from Golburn, Hazelton first joined the Sharks via their Jersey Flegg side in 2018. He had some interest from the Raiders for that year but stayed in the Shire and trained with the the NRL during the pre-season.

At 198cm tall and 114kg, Hazelton has an imposing figure and is a deadly front-row partnership with the 190cm, 130kg beast Franklin Pele.

Hazelton, who played football growing up before switching to rugby league as a teenager, had only played three NSW Cup games before this season but is quickly adjusting to the grade. In the first four rounds he averaged 37 minutes per game, but in the last three games he averaged 59 minutes.

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POINT

Jake Averillo was a late halftime addition for the Bulldogs in their clash with the Mounted Police on Sunday.

And this, despite being excluded from the NRL game in midweek due to a positive test for Covid-19.

Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould cleared up the confusion via Twitter.

” Odd. He had a positive RAT. The next day a negative PCR,” Gould said.

“But his mother, who he lives with, had a positive PCR.

“We decided not to risk taking him to Brisbane. He has tested negative twice a day, every day since.

“We decided to give him a game today.”

Still on the Bulldogs, young center Paul Alamoti Coming back from an ankle injury suffered in a Test match and with injuries and Covid-19 taking their toll on the Dogs, several players were given the opportunity to make their NSW Cup debuts. The tastes of Khalid Rajab, Harry Hayesand Bailey Howard took over from Jersey Flegg.

Tyrant Wishart versatility was in the spotlight this weekend with hooker Storm partnering Cooper Johns in halves for feeder side Sunshine Coast Falcons. He threw a nice chip kick to set up the Falcons’ first down.

Tristan Marin returned to the field after being found not guilty of sexual assault. He signed with Broncos feeder team Souths Logan and scored while playing fullback in their 24-18 win over the Broncos’ other feeder team, Wynnum Manly.

North Sydney moved from first to third on the NSW Cup ladder after suffering their first defeat of the season against a stacked Dragons side. The Panthers are now on top with an impressive 166-point differential, with the Jets sitting second.