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BLUES REVIEW | Nathan Peats

In his maiden series, Nathan Peats showed plenty of promise as a future long-term hooker for the NSW VB Blues.

Headline Moment: “Desperate Defence On One Leg”

Nathan Peats' inclusion in the NSW VB Blues was not one to be taken lightly; the 26-year-old took over from the service of Robbie Farah, who had represented his state on 16 occasions. Farah was always going to be a tough act to follow, but Peats was charged with a more simplified task of proving good dummy-half service, defending well and allowing the side's star playmakers to do the rest. In Origin I, Peats played that role perfectly.

The Titans rake's Origin debut in front of a near-full Suncorp Stadium was certainly a successful one, with Peats making a game-high 53 tackles and getting the halves good ball as NSW put forward their most impressive attacking display in recent memory.

It was after the game, however, that fans got a true appreciation for Peats' performance, with news of a show of toughness fitting of Origin folklore: he played more than half the game on one leg.

Late in the first half, a significant cork to the leg from Queensland centre Will Chambers could easily have ended the night of many players less determined, but Peats pressed on through immense pain to hold the Maroons out and leave few people in doubt of his determination for his state.

His Future

Peats' inclusion for Game One, it must be said, came at the expense of Panthers hooker Peter Wallace, who had been set to return to the Origin arena until a groin tear heartbreakingly ruled him out the day before the first team announcement. While Daley admitted Peats had been second in line until the injury hit, he would be happy with how the former Eels and Rabbitohs hooker performed in the sky blue jersey.

Wallace's near-selection ensures there will be healthy competition for the hooking role in 2018, while a number of emerging hookers across the NRL will also be pushing their case. While Peats will not be playing finals football with the Titans this year, he will hope to get his 2018 season off to a strong start to keep a firm grip of the sky blue jersey.

Standout Stats

Tackles: 150

Receipts: 295

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