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Cameron Murray crowned Hostplus Sustained Performer for 2020

So there you have it, Cameron Murray has been crowned the Hostplus Sustained Performer for 2020 edging out the voting over Adam Reynolds and Campbell Graham.

From over 8,500 votes you have chosen Cameron Murray who registered yet another outstanding season, proving ever-consistent wherever he plays on the field.

For the team at Hostplus, sustained performance means delivering strong investment returns to their members over the long term. It’s the same for the Rabbitohs, it’s not just one great game - it’s about consistently bringing your best, game after game, season after season.

Cook breaks, Murray crosses and the Rabbitohs lead

In his 23 games in 2020, Cameron Murray scored five tries, made 900 tackles and averaged 104 metres with ball in hand. Murray started off on the edge at backrow for South Sydney then made the shift to the more familiar position of lock after a few games. Here he relished the opportunity with the added speed of the game around the ruck and was a catalyst for the go-forward generated in the middle-third of the field.

Murray showed versatility in his game slotting in at centre, second row and even hooker during the course of the season. He averaged over 10 metres per carry and finished the season with a tackle efficiency rate of over 93%

There are a couple of special traits that make Murray so consistent week-in-week-out:

Play-the-ball speed:

  • Cameron Murray has one of the quickest play-the-balls in the competition and with the introduction of the set restart rule in 2020, this trait becomes particularly important for winning the ruck and sparking the likes of Damien Cook and Cody Walker.

Defence:

  • As mentioned Cameron Murray has a tackle efficiency rate of over 93% which is an impressive statistic. From his 900 tackles in 2020, Murray only missed 27 all year! Whether up top or around the legs you can count on Murray to make his tackles and slow the ruck down. He finished the season fifth overall for tackles made in the whole of the NRL.

Offloads:

  • Cameron Murray had 30 offloads for the season and there was only four games all year where he did not register an offload. Murray is always looking for second-phase football to help get his side up the field. A true threat to all defenders, it is imperative they wrap him up ball-and-all.

Cameron Murray is the cornerstone of the South Sydney pack, a Souths Junior who bleeds red and green Murray is always turning up each week giving his best effort no matter the circumstances. For that very reason he was later rewarded for his consistency with yet another Blues jersey as well as being crowned the illustrious Hostplus Sustained Performer of 2020.