NRL teen ‘freak’ exposes Broncos blunderThe kid does it all.


The New Zealand Warriors’ Reece Walsh has put in another stunning performance as the 18-year-old continues to enhance his reputation as Roger Tuivasa-Sheck’s heir apparent.

But how different could it have been had he seen a future at the Brisbane Broncos?

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Having come through the ranks in Brisbane, the Warriors snuck in under the Broncos radar and snagged the 18-year-old, blooding him as the heir apparent to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

He’s not the only one with the Roosters’ 18-year-old wunderkind Sam Walker also plucked from the Broncos system.

Immediately Tuivasa-Sheck, who is changing codes to rugby union next season, offered to move to the wing.

While Walsh debuted at fullback, he also played five-eighth and the last two games off the bench before being handed the fullback role against the Wests Tigers, and it paid off in the first half.

Although Walsh butchered his first kick clean up, he bounced back with two try assists in the first half as well as wrapping the half up with a try of his own.

He caught the ball as the Tigers line opened up in front of him, as he accelerated through the gap and swandived into the corner.

“Reece Walsh, here is a flash of brilliance,” Matt Russell said. “Forget hard work, he’s all class.

“What a special, rare talent we are seeing emerge.”

Michael Ennis added: “My gosh, what a player we’ve got on our hands here.

“The balance, the speed, the athleticism, the tongue out — this kid is a freak. He’s a freak.

“How did they let him go Brisbane? How did they let him go? Boy oh boy, this kid is just an absolute pearler.”

Ennis said his matches against the Storm, Sea Eagles and Eels have been brilliant.

“An 18-year-old kid teaching NRL veterans a lesson,” Ennis said. “How good is he to watch? He is so good.”

Ennis wasn’t done however, continuing to heap praise on Walsh.

“The kid’s a star,” he added.

“He’s tested Tommy Talau with that ball three times in the last two sets. Got him the first time, didn’t execute the pass, went back there the next time, almost an intercept.

“This kid is playing without any fear of failure. Goes back there again … the kid is a superstar. What a weapon.”

At halftime, Greg Alexander called Walsh “a great athlete with a football brain”.

Walsh then came up big in the second half, finishing the match with another try assist with a brilliant cut out pass to Marcelo Montoya.

Even better for the Warriors, they went from 18-10 up at halftime to be down 20-18, before scoring two tries with players in the sin bin set up the 30-26 win as the Tigers bounced back.

But while Walsh continued to increase his stock in the game, the NRL world once again pondered what Brisbane were thinking letting him go.

The Broncos have been linked to a shot at Storm player Nicho Hynes.

Walsh finished the game with 14 runs for 133m, four line break assists, three try assists and plenty of praise from the NRL world.

With Tuivasa-Sheck also running 272m from the wing, the Warriors definitely have the strike power at the back.



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