Red and Black Report: Edition No.3
Each week we’ll be keeping you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.
Here’s how they went in Round 3:
Halswell product Matt McIlwrick was powerless to stop the attacking might of the Canberra Raiders on Sunday, but the Wests Tigers hooker was nevertheless solid in 33 minutes of game-time in the 46-6 loss, making 16 tackles (no misses) and three dummy-half runs.
Kiwis Test utility and ex-Riccarton and Canterbury Bulls star Lewis Brown played his part in Manly’s stunning 30-8 upset of North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday night, coming off the bench to make 10 tackles and three runs for 33 metres during 25 minutes in the back-row.
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
Burnham Chevaliers junior Jazz Tevaga and Hornby Panthers and Canterbury Bulls livewire Tevin Arona shared the dummy-half duties during the Warriors’ 36-0 rout of Wests Tigers at Campbelltown, Tevaga starting in the No.9 and Arona coming off the bench.
Cronulla Sharks-contracted Fa’amanu Brown dropped back to NSW Cup duty with Newtown Jets, partnering fellow Hornby Panthers junior Penani Manumalealii in the halves in a 22-12 loss to Illawarra.
Pita Godinet featured at halfback for a Blacktown Workers side that was on the wrong end of a 52-10 scoreline against Wentworthville, while Jayden Nikorima helped steer Wyong Roos to a 24-6 win over Canterbury from five-eighth.
INTRUST SUPER CUP
Central Queensland Capras got off the mark for 2017 with a 12-10 win over Burleigh Bears, and ex-Canterbury duo Ken Tofilau and Phil Nati played a key role. Tofilau took his season tally to six tries in three games after crossing for one of the Capras’ four-pointers, while Nati was a late addition to the starting back-row after being named on the bench.
Sheldon Pitama was at hooker for a brave Redcliffe Dolphins side, who went down 18-10 to an Easts Tigers outfit stacked with Melbourne Storm fringe players.
A Mackay Cutters side captained by Setaimata Sa and featuring Nathan Saumalu on the wing was humbled 30-6 by the Townsville Blackhawks.
Impressive South Sydney forward Cruz Topai-aveai made his first start in the Under-20s, playing 49 minutes at lock in the Rabbitohs’ 26-22 loss to Newcastle. Topai-aveai is averaging 95.3 metres and 24.3 tackles per game, and has scored a try and made two line-breaks in three appearances.