RED AND BLACK REPORT 2018: EDITION NO.4
Each week the Red and Black Report will keep you up to date with how our Canterbury Rugby League products are performing in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.
Burnham Chevaliers junior Jazz Tevaga continues to make the most of his recall to the Warriors’ first-grade line-up, topping the team’s tackle count from the bench for the second week in a row.
The utility reeled off 28 tackles, as well as 67 metres from eight runs, in another lionhearted display as the Warriors powered to a stunning 30-6 win over the Warriors.
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— This Warriors Life (@thiswarriorslyf) March 31, 2018
Hornby Panthers product Fa’amanu Brown played a handy dummy-half cameo off the bench in his second NRL outing of the season for Canterbury, but his side was run down 20-16 by South Sydney on Good Friday.
Christchurch-born Pita Godinet started at hooker in Wests Tigers’ convincing 30-20 victory over Parramatta on Easter Monday, racking up 21 tackles, a try-assist (see video below) and three runs for 27 metres.
But after featuring in each of the opening three rounds, Halswell Hornets junior Matt McIlwrick was replaced on the Tigers’ interchange by young hooker Jacob Liddle in a late change.
It was a tough night at the office for Round 3 hero and Aranui junior Jamayne Issako, along with Burnham Chevaliers junior Kodi Nikorima, as Brisbane was outclassed 26-14 by Gold Coast on Sunday.
Nikorima scored a slick solo try in the second half and Isaako booted three goals, but both players struggled to make their customary impact in a disappointing team performance by the Broncos.
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP NSW
Lewis Brown featured in the backrow for Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles for the third week in row, a 26-6 loss to Mounties.
But Riccarton Knights’ favourite son could be in line for an NRL recall with Manly hit by injuries to their pack over the weekend.
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Former Rockcote Canterbury Bulls star Nathan Saumalu featured in the centres as his Mackay Cutters team went down 22-16 to Northern Pride.
Former Northern Bulldogs and New Zealand Warriors youngster Sheldon Pitama held his spot at hooker for Redcliffe Dolphins and played his part in a 26-14 victory over Townsville Blackhawks.
JERSEY FLEGG (NSW U-20s)
Halswell halves product Joseph Taipari helped Parramatta to a solid 22-6 win over Wests Tigers on Saturday.
Patrick Elia enjoyed a career milestone, scoring his first try in Warriors colours on the weekend. He made his fourth start in the centres as the Warriors went down 38-16 to the Roosters.
Canterbury Bulldogs duo Daniel Sakisi and Sua Aiiloilo, and Cronulla’s Cruz Topai-Aveai had the weekend off with their teams on the bye.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U-20s)
Former Papanui youngster and Canterbury age-group rep Jalen Tangiiti-Turner bagged a second-half double playing on the wing in Wynnum-Manly Seagulls’ 42-18 thrashing of Ipswich Jets.