Payne Haas has proven himself as a force to be reckoned with in the 2023 NRL season. Not only has he been a standout performer with the ball, but he is also on track to have the lowest error count among all regular NRL players this year.
Despite taking on more risks with increased ball movement, Haas has managed to strike the perfect balance, making only one error in his 1072 minutes on the field so far. His ability to offload the ball has also been exceptional, ranking him third in the competition with 39 offloads.
When it comes to ball retention, Haas’s record is unmatched among players who have played more than 1000 minutes this season. In fact, he stands alone among the top offloaders in the NRL, with the next closest player, Junior Paulo from the Eels, having fewer than seven errors. The top two offloaders, J’maine Hopgood and Bryce Cartwright, have error rates in the double digits.
Haas’s capability to keep the ball alive in tackles, together with teammate Patrick Carrigan, has been instrumental in Brisbane’s surge as serious contenders for the minor premiership. This has also created opportunities for other players like Reece Walsh and Ezra Mam to shine. As Brisbane prepares to face the Eels at The Gabba on Friday night, all eyes will be on Haas as he celebrates his 100th NRL game and his impressive stats come into focus.
When it comes to defensive metrics, Haas continues to impress. Among players who have played 18 or more games this season, the New South Wales prop ranks third for the fewest missed tackles, trailing only Alex Twal and David Klemmer from the Wests Tigers. Out of the 552 tackles he has attempted this year, he has succeeded in making 543 of them. Haas has also been disciplined on the field, having conceded only four penalties, making him the player with the fewest penalties among those who have played over 1000 minutes this season.