Toby Rudolf has only scored five tries since he started his Rugby League career for the South Sydney Rabbitohs Under 20s but he added one more to his tally after scoring his maiden NRL try in the Sharks 22-14 defeat over the Warriors to cement the club’s finals spot.
Cronulla was trailing by two points in the 73rd minute and were 12 metres out when Rudolf spotted a gap in the Warriors defence and charged through to score a try to give them the lead.
The Sharks lock made his NRL debut in March this year and since then has been a key player for the Cronulla forward pack. Before that, Rudolf played for the Sharks’ feeder club, the Newtown Jets, in the Canterbury Cup NSW competition.
He played seven games for the foundation club in 2019 after returning from an ACL injury, including the iconic golden point Grand Final win against the Wentworthville Magpies which saw William Kennedy score for the Jets at the 87th minute of extra time.
A week later, Rudolf earnt himself man-of-the-match honours in another thriller after the Jets went on to win the NRL State Championship.
The former Jet also donned the North Sydney Bears Jersey in the NSW Cup in 2016 and 2017, before spending season 2018 with the Redcliffe Dolphins in the QRL cup.
A player of great height, strength and energy, the Canterbury Cup NSW graduate Rudolf will be a significant component for the Sharks run to NRL finals and any future success.