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With a number of players dominating the opening 10 rounds of the Intrust Super Premiership competition, we take a look at the potential candidates looking to earn selection for the NSW Residents in 2018.

These selections, heavily based on statistical data, are the opinions of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSWRL.


Jai Field

He's touted as one of the best emerging talents in Rugby League, and now Jai Field has a chance to claim another representative honour with his strong run of form putting him in the frame for selection in the Residents side in 2018.

Making his NRL debut in the opening round of the 2017 season, his undeniable talent saw him represent both the Junior Kangaroos and New South Wales Under-20's side, quickly becoming an instrumental figure in the Dragons line-up.

He's cemented himself as one of the most dangerous ball-runners in the Intrust Super Premiership with his blistering speed and natural ball-playing ability -  making him one of the Dragons most threatening attacking weapons. 

Having already created a lethal combination with Darren Nicholls, Field will be desperate to spark his side to a third consecutive victory and ultimately earn himself a NSW jumper. 

Hayze Perham

He just made his Intrust Super Premiership debut in Round 1 this year, but Hayze Perham has arguably been the most consistent performer for the Warriors in 2018.

Proving to be a constant threat with the ball-in-hand, Perham's seamless transition into a more physically demanding competition has proven to have little effect on the 18-year-old, having recorded five line-breaks, six line-break assists, and 41 tackle-breaks in his 10 games so far. 

He's been named in the Team of the Week three times already this season after some starring performances, and will undoubtedly skyrocket into contention for the Residents squad if he is to help the Warriors bounce back to form in the coming weeks.

Viliami Kaveinga

The North Sydney Bears have struggled to find consistency so far this season but live wire fullback Viliami Kaveinga has been a shining light after a barnstorming start to the season.

Averaging over 170 metres per game and recording 31 tackle-breaks already in 2018, Kaveinga has been a constant force for the Bears with his potent running game constantly giving his side momentum with fast and powerful starts to their sets.

Combined with his relentless carries out of his own end – which gives the Bears valuable field position for their attacking raids, Kaveinga has quickly become a crucial figure in the Bears attack this season and will be one to watch in the weeks to come.

Will Kennedy

The Newtown Jets boast the best-attacking record of the Intrust Super Premiership competition so far, and dynamic fullback Will Kennedy has proven to be a prominent figure in their attacking prowess in 2018.

He's already created a formidable combination with crafty halfback Kyle Flanagan, who has helped hm find the try-line eight times this season, and constantly causes havoc for opposition defenders with his nifty footwork and uncanny ability to break through the defensive line.

His vision with the ball-in-hand has seen him lay on five tries for his team-mates and will be looking to guide the Jets to a string of victories in the hope of climbing towards the top of the competition ladder.


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