Newcastle rugby: Hamilton fly-half impresses on debut

COOL HEAD: Rookie Hamilton fly-half Connor Mulhearn. Picture: Stewart Hazell

COOL HEAD: Rookie Hamilton fly-half Connor Mulhearn. Picture: Stewart Hazell

SCOTT Coleman knew fly-half Connor Mulhearn was made of the right stuff.

But the experienced Hamilton coach admitted he was surprised at how well the teenager handled his first-grade debut.

“Playing Lake Macquarie at Disneyland is daunting for a seasoned player let along a kid on debut,” Coleman said. “I thought he was outstanding. He threw a good pass for Seva Rokobaro’s first try, kicked well and only missed one tackle and he had some big forwards running at him.”

Mulhearn has come through the Hawks from under-7s.

Saturday was incredibly the first Hamilton game he had started in which his dad, Col, wasn’t coach.

He will get another start in the top grade against Southern Beaches on Saturday. However, the Hawks will be minus No.8 Joe Akkersdyk, who has nerve damage and may be out for the season.

“He keeps getting pins and needles down his arm and it’s not getting better,” Coleman said. “He is booked in for an MRI which will hopefully give him some answers.”

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