Watene-Zelezniak excels

IF YOU want to know how good Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is, there's a video of his 90-metre try in the under-18s State of Origin last year floating around somewhere on Facebook.

Spoiler alert: he's very good.

Representing NSW, he catches a kick on his own 10-metre line, produces a big right-foot step to break the line, accelerates through the gap and beats the fullback with another right-foot step to score.

He has all the attributes of a good footballer: speed, agility and an uncoachable knack to break the line.

On Saturday he displayed all the talents on debut against the Canberra Raiders.

Watene-Zelezniak, 18, scored two tries in the Panthers' gritty 12-6 win at Sportingbet Stadium.

The St Clair junior was in last year's Holden Cup premiership-winning team and spent the first three weeks in the NSW Cup.

"I was just stoked, I couldn't believe it," Watene-Zelezniak said. "The whole week I was walking around smiling everywhere. My family were proud. I had a few fly over from New Zealand: my brother, my cousins. I'm just happy I did it for my family,"

"I didn't know at first that a winger could get tired.When I was running out there, the last 12 minutes I started cramping. When they kicked it right at the end I was hobbling along trying to get there."

The Panthers play South Sydney on Friday night at Sportingbet Stadium.

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