Mandurah rugby product making his mark for Perth Spirit

Mandurah Pirates product Tevin Ferris reached new heights when he was named to the National Rugby Championship’s (NRC) round five team of the week earlier this month, following a number of impressive outings for the Perth Spirit.

Ferris was a force in Perth’s round five 62-28 demolition of Brisbane City, cementing his spot in the team of the week with 12 carries for 43 metres, a try, and nine tackles in a brilliant display.

NRC writer Beth Newman said Ferris could be one of the gems the championship unearths this year, with the blindside standing out in an intimidating Perth Spirit backrow.

Ferris played all of his junior days with the Mandurah Pirates, before taking up a spot in the Western Force academy.

He then played his Pindan Premier Grade rugby for Nedlands, before being selected to play for the Spirit this season.

Mandurah Pirates president Kevin Williams said the local club was thrilled to see one of its juniors doing so well at higher levels.

“We’re really proud of Tevin and how he’s going about his rugby and playing the sport he loves,” he said.

“He lives and breathes rugby, he’s ambitious and works really hard, so it’s no surprise to see him getting the rewards.

“That’s the sort of success we want for all of our juniors, and it’s great to be able to show them what Tevin is doing and how they can follow the same path.”

Ferris will be hoping to help Perth Spirit defend their 2016 title as the NRC progresses.

The side has notched three wins from its first five games in 2017, good enough for fourth on the ladder behind Canberra, Fiji and Queensland.