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Untried Storm teenager impresses with “sensational” Origin under 19s display


Melbourne Storm youngster Jonah Pezet caught the eye of rugby league fans on Thursday night after leading the New South Wales under 19s to a dominant 32-4 win over Queensland.

The 19-year-old starred for the Blues in a Man of The Match performance, notching four try assists at Leichhardt Oval.

A member of the Storm’s top 30 squad, Pezet looks close to making the jump to the top level with his deft kicking and elite vision coming to the fore.

While he’s rightfully behind the likes of Cameron Munster and Jahrome Hughes at this stage of his career, his emergence could lessen the blow of a potential Munster departure as the Queenslander remains unsigned beyond 2023.

Rugby league’s eighth Immortal Andrew Johns was full of praise for Pezet after watching his starring performance.

“He was sensational,” Johns told Nine post-match.

“He’s got time, looks like he organises the team well, some of his kicks were sensational. But his pass … when he got in a try-scoring situation he found the right pass, which shows he’s not premeditating, thinking about who he’s going to pass to before he passes the ball.

“He’s watching the defence and reacting to the defence. He sees the game really well.”

Pezet is currently plying his trade for Storm feeder club Brisbane Tigers in the Queensland Cup competition.

Photo: Herald Sun


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