Top 10 surprise players of 2017 (so far)

Whether they are returning from injury, making their debut or being given a second chance, here’s the Top 10 surprise players of 2017.

Has anyone else surprised you so far this season?


Coen Hess

North Queensland Cowboys – Second-row

DARWIN, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 10: Coen Hess of the Cowboys scores a try during the round 14 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the North Queensland Cowboys at TIO Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Darwin, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Coen Hess made his full NRL debut back in 2015 for the Cowboys in round 24 against the Warriors scoring a try and setting one up. Before the 2017 season, this wrecking ball had only played 9 games but, still, was able to bag himself a total 5 tries with an assist. The reason why I’m emphasising on his ability to score so many is that not only does he consistently roll over and steamroll through his opponents, he’s also deadly close to the line. It’s surprising to me how he only has 2 individual accolades to his name.

This mammoth of a second rower has managed to bag himself 10 tries in all 13 games this season. That’s unbelievable! He’s also statistically out of this world for a rookie when comparing him to the best in his respective position. He has 41 tackle breaks, 132 total hit ups, 1323 ARM and only 17 missed tackles.

No wonder why the QLD Maroons were so eager to pin him up against Fifita…


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