Melbourne monster boosts SC Falcons
BARNSTORMING Melbourne Storm prop Nelson Asofa-Solomona is set to run out for the Sunshine Coast Falcons tomorrow in a major boost to the side's hopes of toppling Souths Logan.
The Junior Kiwi prop was not named in the side but is understood to be arriving on the Coast today as a late inclusion.
The 19-year-old 200cm-115kg juggernaut has been a revelation for the Storm this year after debuting in round eight against Manly and is marked as one of the NRL's hottest front-row prospects.
He has made six NRL appearances to date, including last week's 22-4 trouncing of the Dragons when the teenage man mountain scored his first NRL try after he dragged three opponents over the line to help his side to a 6-0 lead.
The Falcons backline is laden with Melbourne talent in the form of seven NRL-contracted players as opposed to their forwards whose only top-flight player will be Asofa-Solomona.
Falcons captain Tom Murphy said Asofa-Solomona would provide the Falcons pack with the extra punch required to match it the Souths' heavy-hitters.
"He is strong and explosive and has a lot of good carries in games," he said.
"He gets some quick play-the-balls which is good for the boys out wide who play off that.
"He has a lot of athleticism and combines well with us.
"He is a big boy and is only 19, so you can only imagine how big he is going to be when he stops growing."
Murphy was a late inclusion to the Falcons a fortnight ago in the side's 24-20 loss to the PNG Hunters after spending the previous three weeks on the sidelines due to a surfing accident which required several stitches to his leg.
Murphy also suffered what was thought to be a season-ending shoulder injury earlier in the season which had him out for eight weeks.
But the lock is back and raring to go and said he was intent on stringing together successive games to ensure his side finishes the season on a high.
"It has been a really tough season with injury and also with what happened to James (Ackerman) so we just want to get ready for next year and finish with some consistency."