CLOSELY WATCHED: Hayden Davis is wrapped up tightly in a tackle after being monitored by the Wallabys defence. He scored a try in Valleys 40-22 win.
CLOSELY WATCHED: Hayden Davis is wrapped up tightly in a tackle after being monitored by the Wallabys defence. He scored a try in Valleys 40-22 win. Paul Braven GLALEAGUE

Kiwi brings Valleys four points in his return match

SEVEN days ago, Hayden Davis walked off a plane from New Zealand, and the rugby league player already has four points to his name.

The front-rower crashed over for a try in his very first match back in the Valleys Diehards line-up in a win against Wallabys yesterday.

While it is rare for forwards to cross the stripe, Davis has been doing it regularly for his team located just outside of Wellington in his own country.

"I have been getting heaps this year, I have got over one a game up to now," he said.

It was his first for Valleys, but Davis was not thinking about being off the season ending tradition naked run.

At the end of the 40-22 win for his side, the New Zealander was more concerned about allowing a couple of late tries.

"We lost a bit of enthusiasm," he said.

"It was concerning actually, they got confidence and we lacked a lot of communication."

Davis believes the cohesive play will continue to grow as the year progresses, a lot of different faces in the Diehards team.

After playing for the team back in 2011 and 2012, he went back to New Zealand, following work back to Gladstone.

He said only a couple of faces are familiar, but the attitude of the club is the same as when he left a competition runner-up.

"We were nothing in 2011 and in 2012 we were grand finalists," he said.

"You will have to give me a couple more weeks to predict how we will go."

 

Valleys 40 defeated Wallabys 22

Valleys led 16-12 at halftime