Red and Black Report: Edition No.10
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 10:
Burnham Chevaliers junior Kodi Nikorima’s sparkling form in the Brisbane Broncos’ No.7 jumper continued on Saturday, playing a key role in their 24-14 come-from-behind win over Lewis Brown’s Manly Sea Eagles. Nikorima laid on the Broncos’ first try and scampered away for the go-ahead four-pointer, while also racking up 129 running metres and 23 tackles. Brown played 31 minutes off the bench in the Sea Eagles’ back-row, notching 36 metres from five carries and 10 tackles.
It was a tough night out for Wests Tigers on Friday as they went down 28-8 to South Sydney, but ex-Halswell hooker Matt McIlwrick was nevertheless solid for the joint venture with a 31-tackle contribution in 53 minutes on the field.
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERHSIP
Jayden Nikorima’s fine season in the ISP shows no signs of slowing down, scoring 16 points from a try and six goals in Wyong Roos’ 40-18 thrashing of opposing five-eighth Pita Godinet’s Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles side. Godinet kicked a goal for Blacktown.
Fresh off a Test appearance for Toa Samoa last Saturday, Hornby Panthers junior Fa’amanu Brown led Newtown Jets to a much-needed 16-12 win over North Sydney. The halfback set up Jordan Drew’s vital try early in the second half, while also kicking a penalty goal before Edrick Lee clinched the victory with a long-range intercept. Read a full recap of the Jets’ win HERE.
INTRUST SUPER CUP
Central Queensland Capras went down to Ipswich Jets 30-16, but winger Ken Tofilau scored a try for the beaten side while fellow Rockcote Canterbury Bulls rep Phil Nati came off the bench.
Sheldon Pitama returned to Redcliffe’s line-up on Saturday, coming off the bench alongside Rulon Nutira in the Dolphins’ hard-fought 14-6 win over a Mackay Cutters outfit that featured Setaimata Sa and Nathan Saumalu in their backline.
Boom South Sydney forward Cruz Topai-aveai remains sidelined with injury, but the Shirley Boys’ High product’s outstanding early-season form saw him snapped up on a three-year deal by the Cronulla Sharks last week.
Halswell Hornets junior Joseph Taipari, a key member of Parrmatta’s SG Ball title win, scored a try in the Eels’ 48-12 victory over Queensland’s Western Mustangs in the Under-18s National Championship final on Saturday. Catch a full match report HERE.