Morgan grabs his chance

Try time: Ryan Morgan crosses for a try on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images
Try time: Ryan Morgan crosses for a try on Sunday. Picture: Getty Images

THE dilemma Ryan Morgan faces is pretty black and white — much like the jersey he has been confined to wearing in 2014.

The 24-year-old centre is stuck behind Origin-standard players Will Hopoate and Willie Tonga. Simple mathematics tells you three players don't go into two positions and so he has been forced to play the majority of the year for Wentworthville.

It has made him hungrier than ever to take his chance when it comes.

On Sunday he took his chance.

Morgan scored two tries in the blue and golds drought-breaking 22-12 win against Canterbury. It's the first time since 2010 the Eels have defeated their local rivals and in the process they broke a 14-game losing streak at ANZ Stadium.

It was Morgan's second chance in the top grade, having deputised a fortnight ago against the Panthers.

"I felt all right against Penrith," Morgan said.

"I was a little nervous at the start and then I just settled in

"Hopefully, I can take the stuff I have been doing with Wenty into first grade.

"My main focus has been trying to get a few more touches and get my hands on the ball more and learning when to inject myself.

"Now I need to do that in first grade."

The Greystanes junior has been one of the form centres in the NSW Cup and a big reason why Wentworthville find themselves on top of the competition ladder.

He said he had learnt a lot from training with Hopoate and Tonga.

"Hoppa and Tongz are pretty much the benchmark when it comes to centres so to learn from them has been great," he said.

"There is a good vibe in the club and everyone is competing for positions, which is good for the team."


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