Red and Black Report: Edition No.15
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 15:
Halswell Hornets product Matt McIlwrick started his 14th straight game for Wests Tigers – taking his career tally to 43 first grade appearances – in a gut-wrenching late loss to Cronulla. McIlwrick made 17 tackles in 31 minutes of game-time.
Hornby Panthers junior Fa’amanu Brown enjoyed a victory at McIlwrick’s expense, however, filling in for NSW Origin five-eighth James Maloney and chalking up four runs for 56 metres, 12 tackles and a line-break in the Sharks’ 24-22 success. The match was Canterbury Bulldogs-bound Brown’s 18th in the NRL.
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Penani Manumalealii (pictured) stepped into the halfback breach left by Brown for Newtown, but the Jets were no match for Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, who featured Christchurch-born utility Pita Godinet at fullback.
SG Ball-winning five-eighth and Halswell junior Joseph Taipari played his second game for Parramatta’s Under-20s outfit, kicking five goals as the Eels went down to St George Illawarra Dragons in a thriller, 32-30. Taipari has averaged 53.5 running metres and 12.5 tackles across his two NYC appearances to date.
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