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Rookie Report: Try-scoring machines, solid in the middle

We always have an eye on the future.

Each week the nib Newcastle Knights will identify the best performers from the Canterbury Cup and Jersey Flegg competitions so the supporters can get a feel for who is consistently performing in the lower grades.

These are the players to keep an eye out for as they climb the ranks or knock on the door for a future NRL debut.

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Timanu Alexander

This talented youngster has risen through the ranks. From Harold Matthews, to SG Ball and now playing Jersey Flegg.

In a 54-point drubbing on the weekend, the quick Knights centre played his bit with two tries coming in the 17th and 46th minutes. One of those a 100 metre effort.

Despite not being named on Tuesday with a sore hamstring, Alexander was cleared late to play and produced some impressive results.

He has proven to be dynamite in attack and is one to keep an eye on in the future.

Toby Marks

According to Jersey Flegg coach Scott Dureau... Marks clearly played his best game of the year.

Also a youngster making some waves through the Knights ranks, the young utility spent time playing in the centres and at fullback on the weekend.

He was one of the three who scored doubles and also put the hard yards in defensively to help keep the Thunderbolts scoreless.

Christian Ma'anaima

Another young up and comer who has been with the Knights in the junior ranks for a few years.

Ma'anaima started on the bench on Sunday, but came on to play some big minutes in the middle and take advantage of every opportunity.

Coach Scott Dureau praised the young forward for his solid efforts.

"He was very good, he had some very good offloads," said Dureau.