9 Sam Grasso (Queensland Country)
Grasso got his chance in the NRC following injuries to Reds players Benny Lucas and Scott Gale, but when the opportunity came he grabbed it. And what an opportunity – a starting debut on the Gold Coast as a test match curtain-raiser. Grasso’s years of club experience proved invaluable for a struggling country outfit and he provided tremendous direction for his pack and proved a real danger running off his big men. A great example of what this tournament is about – an opportunity given and one taken. What’s next, we must wait and see.