Sport Tedesco saw Papenhuyzen coming years ago

09:05  15 april  2021
09:05  15 april  2021 Source:   aap.com.au

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The showdown between Papenhuyzen and Tedesco will be a feature of the Storm’s clash with the Roosters on Friday night and the form of both fullbacks has generated debate about who is the premier no.1 in the NRL. After Papenhuyzen scored four tries in 11 minutes during the Storm’s 40-6 win “I think James Tedesco has been the best fullback in the game for the last couple of years . What I would say is Paps is getting closer to him,” he said. “James has been the best fullback for a bit, but as I said we wouldn’t swap Paps.” Papenhuyzen revealed that after the comments were published the next

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James Tedesco knew within a few training sessions with a teenage Ryan Papenhuyzen that the young fullback was going to become an NRL gun.

a group of people watching a football ball: The match up of Ryan Papenhuyzen (c) and James Tedesco on Saturday is the NRL round highlight. © Scott Barbour/AAP PHOTOS The match up of Ryan Papenhuyzen (c) and James Tedesco on Saturday is the NRL round highlight.

Struck by his pace and skill, Tedesco got an early glimpse in 2017 of the man who now looms as his closest rival for the mantle of rugby league's best No.1.

The pair will provide the headline clash of the round when their teams clash on Saturday night, even though each has swatted away talk of wanting to outdo the other.

But it's easy to forget they were once Wests Tigers clubmates.

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While Papenhuyzen has been touted as a Blues squad member for this year 's Origin series, he doesn't believe that he has done enough to be Brad Fittler's starting fullback. Papenhuyzen doesn't believe he will take the NSW Blues No.1 jersey off James Tedesco this season (Getty). "Impossible, I'd say," he said on his chances of replacing Tedesco . "He deserves it, he got man of the series a couple of years ago and was probably one of their best last year as well. I think as long as he keeps playing good footy, he deserves it. "(Fittler) sort of just lets us play our footy – you will get picked on your form.

The news comes after Fittler deemed Papenhuyzen the man most likely to replace James Tedesco at fullback next Wednesday, with the Roosters star battling his own injury concerns. Tedesco is understood to be a '50/50' chance to suit up for the Blues in Adelaide and hasn't yet trained with the Clive Churchill Medal winner and rising Melbourne Storm star Ryan Papenhuyzen is expected to edge out Parramatta captain Clint Gutherson for the starting full-back spot if Tedesco succumbs to his knee injury. MORE: Sporting News' NSW Blues team. The 22- year -old is also a strong chance to make his

Stuck behind Tedesco and not seeing a path forward at Concord while in under-20s, Papenhuyzen made the call in early 2017 to head to Melbourne and wait for life after Billy Slater.

It proved a double blow for the Tigers, with Tedesco making his own call to leave for the Sydney Roosters shortly after, going on to win two premierships there.

While Papenhuyzen had wait until 2019 to get his chance in the NRL, Tedesco never forgot his talent.

"He was a gun. He was very talented, very fast," Tedesco said.

"He only had a couple of sessions (with the NRL squad), he was pretty young but he was coming through.

"He's turned into a classy fullback. He was always fast, always talented.

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Papenhuyzen was born in Sydney, Australia and is of Dutch descent.[2]. He grew up in Kellyville, New South Wales, was educated at Oakhill College, Castle Hill and represented the 2015 Australian Schoolboys. After graduating high school, he attended Australian Catholic University studying degree in Physical He made his debut while he was only 20 years old for the Melbourne Storm in round 4 of the 2019 NRL season against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs.[4] Papenhuyzen had a breakout performance in round 9 against the Parramatta Eels at Suncorp Stadium, coming onto the field in the

Ryan Papenhuyzen has surprisingly leapt to the defence of James Tedesco calling out those in the media who questioned the fullback's standing as the best in the game.

"But I think his development down there with the Melbourne structures and Billy (Slater) has been good for him."

The pair were reunited in last year' NSW State of Origin camp, before Papenhuyzen shot out of the blocks with seven tries in four games this year.

But Tedesco has insisted from the opening round this year there is no personal battle between the pair, and that there won't be on Friday night between the Storm and Roosters.

"It doesn't really change much for me, but I am sure everyone will talk about it," Tedesco said.

"Melbourne are playing some good footy all around the park. It will be a different challenge for us.

"We have had some good wins but Melbourne are a top-two, top-four side."

Tedesco has not seen his game falter with playmaker Luke Keary out injured, praising the return of Victor Radley as an extra play-making option.

Meanwhile Papenhuyzen's game has only improved, with Craig Bellamy claiming a fortnight ago he is "getting closer to" Tedesco.

Regardless, the Storm fullback rubbished claims he could take Tedesco's NSW Origin spot come June.

"He's been the best for a while now and all this chat during the week about me taking his Origin spot, that's all rubbish," Papenhuyzen said.

"He's done it for a long time and I'm still learning my trade. It's always good to test yourself against them.

"But he's been doing it for years and I've only been doing it for one or two."

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