Haze Dunster made 16 appearances for Wentworthville Magpies in the 2019 Canterbury Cup NSW, including their memorable run to the Grand Final from eighth position.
The Magpies’ outside back finished the season with seven tries and seven line-breaks while averaging 88 run metres and three tackle-breaks per game.
Dunster’s best performance came in Round 14 against the Warriors, albeit in a 10-point loss. Starting on the wing in jersey 19, Dunster scored a 65th-minute try, produced one try-assist, made a line-break and four tackle-breaks, and ran for 179 metres including 46 post-contact.
Before making his debut for the Parramatta Eels against South Sydney in Saturday’s semi-final loss, Dunster was the product of the club’s junior development system which saw him secure a grand final victory in the 2017 UNE SG Ball Cup.
Being thrown into the pressure cooker of NRL Finals in just his first appearance at the top level, Dunster certainly rose to the occasion and held his own in defence with 14 tackles against a potent attacking outfit in the Rabbitohs.
With the maturity that Dunster showed after a late call-up for Eels coach Brad Arthur’s side, Saturday’s game should be the first of many NRL starts for the 20-year-old Kiwi.