We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at explosive centre, Dylan Walker.
After making his first grade debut in what amounted to a rookie of the year season in 2013, Dylan Walker went on with the job this year, building upon his first-year showing to end the season not only with Premiership success, but with a spot in Tim Sheens’ 24 man, Four Nations, Kangaroos squad.
After starting the season at five-eighth, Walker returned to the centres and eventually created a deadly centre-pairing alongside another young-gun in the form of Kirisome Auva’a. With a combination of size, strength and speed, the two wreaked havoc on opposition defences throughout the year, with Walker most notably picking up four tries against the Gold Coast Titans in in round nine in Robina.
Walker was in scintillating form from the get-go in that match, with elusive running resulting in the first try of the game before proceeding to trouble the Titans for the remaining 80 in his four-try effort.
The Mascot product was rewarded with a City jumper for his early-season efforts, going on to play 24 matches for the Rabbitohs.
Walker ran for 2872 metres from 279 carries, breaking the line on 14 occasions, scoring 12 tries and breaking a massive 83 tackles on his way to a possible green and gold jumper.