2020 NRL 9’s Player of the Tournament Scott Drinkwater

17 Feb 20, 12:45PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

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A quick look at Scott Drinkwater, from his break into first grade to where he goes from here.

22-year-old North Queensland Cowboy Scott Drinkwater can add two accomplishments to his resume after the 2020 NRL 9’s. He is now an NRL 9’s Champion and 2020 NRL 9’s Player of the Tournament.

We start in the 2019 preseason when Scott Drinkwater was at the Storm and was the favourite to inherit the fullback role from recently retired Australian International Billy Slater.

Unfortunately, Drinkwater would suffer a torn pectoral muscle in a trial game against the Cowboys, handing the fullback role over to Jahrome Hughes who would go on to excel in the role.

The Penrith native would make one appearance for the Storm in 2019, before being moved on midseason to the Cowboys where he would play 10 games at the fullback role, ending the season with 3 tries, 3 try assists, 3 line breaks, 30 tackle breaks and an average of 124 running metres per game.

Drinkwater will be looking to have a big 2020 and cement his place in first grade, especially after winning the player of the tournament at the 9’s.

Valentine Holmes will push the 22-year/old out of the Cowboys fullback role with a move into the halves with Michael Morgan most likely. Morgan has been looking for a consistent halves partner since the retirement of Johnathan Thurston, and with the five-eighth role being Drinkwater’s natural position, it will be good to see how they combine together.

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