True Blue Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach has reiterated his belief that Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues prop Payne Haas could be the best young forward the game of Rugby League has ever seen.
In the first episode of Behind Blues Eyes for the 2020 season last week, Roach said “I think he is potentially the best, young front rower I’ve ever seen…and I’ve seen a few come through.”
Haas certainly lived up to Blocker’s expectations in Round 1, with an incredible effort against the Cowboys where he made 19 runs, 213 metres, 86 post-contact metres, 33 tackles and no missed tackles in a full 80-minute performance.
The Australian representative can also stake claim to be the only forward in the game that made 200 metres in Round 1, making Roach and the rest of NSW eager to see what he will he produce in Round 2 and beyond.
“The kid being 20 years old now and barring injury, I hope he doesn’t get injured…what he’s doing now I’ve never seen anyone do,” Roach told the Behind Blue Eyes Podcast in Episode 2.
“So, look at him further down the track, what he’s going to be like further down the track.
“In eight years, we'll be talking a lot about Payne Haas.
“And in those sort of conditions, it would have been hot up there, he just motored…unbelievable.”
The 2019 Dally M Prop of the Year will definitely have a chance to prove himself once again in Round 2 when the Broncos take on the Rabbitohs at Suncorp Stadium this Friday and with Tevita Pangai out suspended, all eyes will be on Haas.