NRL Nines 2020: Nine things learned from 9s, Josh Morris, Scott Drinkwater, Api Koroisau, Bulldogs, injuries, Billy Walters
The NRL Nines return to the rugby league calendar over the weekend and there were plenty of takeaways as new signings, young kids and experienced heads made their mark.
Here are nine things we learned from the Nines.
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DRINKWATER MUST PLAY FIVE-EIGHTH
If there was any doubt over Scott Drinkwater moving from fullback to five-eighth, that was well and truly put to bed.
The 22-year-old has been battling it out with Jake Clifford for the right to partner Michael Morgan in the halves in 2020, and Drinkwater showed why he’s the man for the job.
Drinkwater played with class and deservedly won player of the tournament as he guided the Cowboys to their second Nines title.
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COGGER AND WAKEHAM MAKE A GOOD HALVES PAIRING
Dean Pay hasn’t made any decisions on his halves pairing for the 2020 season. But many could assume Lachie Lewis is probably going to take one jersey while Jack Cogger and Brandon Wakeham battle for the other.
However, Cogger and Wakeham put on quite a show during the Nines. They both looked dangerous – yet reliable – and worked well together.
Could they be the best halves combination for the club while Kieran Foran recovers from a shoulder injury? And does that mean Lachie Lewis could become the spark off the bench?
PANTHERS ARE LOOKING API
Penrith has struggled to fill the No.9 jumper since the retirement of Peter Wallace, but new signing Api Koriosau showed why he could be buy of the year.