On top of their NRL Grand Final appearance in 2021, there is a lot to look forward to for the South Sydney Rabbitohs after they also started blooding some of their talented youngsters this season, including 18-year-old prop Davvy Moale.
Having already silenced the doubters over the premiership credentials of their forward pack in 2021, Moale is another rising prospect to look out for as he aims to make more first grade appearances next year.
A Coogee Wombats local junior, Moale has played through pathways system but it was a sign of his potential when he went straight from the Jersey Flegg Cup (Under 20s) to the NRL in 2021.
In his seven Jersey Flegg Cup games before earning a first grade debut, Moale averaged a huge 158.8 run metres including 79.4 post-contact, 3.3 tackle busts and 21 tackles.
He received his first NRL jersey in Round 20 but it wasn’t until his second appearance in Round 25 that he truly felt at home in the top grade, playing 46 minutes for 69 run metres and a perfect 28 tackles with zero missed.
In 2022 – following Wayne Bennett’s departure – Jason Demetriou has taken the reins with a new-look coaching and performance staff, and the new head coach is excited to see what the highly touted front-rower can achieve.
"I think Davvy Moale who only played SG Ball last year, a few games in Flegg and then debuted in first grade and held his own (is an exciting prospect),” Demetriou told Triple M Radio.
“He's only going to be better for the run as well.”