RED AND BLACK REPORT 2018: EDITION NO. 11
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.
Jamayne Isaako-mania has gone into overdrive after the Aranui Eagles junior produced a spectacular match-winning try for the Brisbane Broncos against the Sydney Roosters on Friday night.
Playing in just his 12th NRL game, Isaako sat in the pocket to line up for a deadlock-breaking field goal attempt. But after being rushed by the Roosters defence, the 21-year-old embarked on a mesmerising run to the try-line to clinch a 28-22 victory.
It was Isaako’s second try of the match, taking his season tally to six, while he added four goals to move to third in the NRL’s pointscoring race with 97 so far in 2018.
— NRL (@NRL) May 18, 2018
Kodi Nikorima also made his second straight start at halfback in the Broncos’ thrilling win.
Meanwhile, fellow Burnham Chevaliers junior Jazz Tevaga flourished back in his more customary role as an interchange back-rower following Issac Luke’s return at hooker, reeling off 18 tackles and eight runs in the Warriors’ 24-14 defeat of Parramatta.
— This Warriors Life (@thiswarriorslyf) May 18, 2018
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP NSW
Christchurch-born duo Pita Godinet and Matt McIlwrick combined at halfback and hooker respectively in Western Suburbs Magpies’ 18-10 win over Penrith Panthers on Sunday.
Manly utility Lewis Brown was back on ISP duty for Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, featuring at lock in a 42-24 victory against North Sydney Bears. The 15-Test Kiwi is desperate to force his way back into the Sea Eagles’ NRL squad for their Round 14 showdown with the Warriors in his hometown.
In-form Hornby junior Fa’amanu Brown – after playing most of the season at hooker – showed his versatility again by starting at halfback and booting two goals in Canterbury Bulldogs’ 22-12 success against Newcastle Knights.
— Intrust Super Premiership ???? (@IntrustSuperPrm) May 20, 2018
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Nathan Saumalu was in the centres for Mackay Cutters as they went down 42-30 to Souths Logan Magpies.
Hooker Sheldon Pitama came off the bench in Redcliffe Dolphins’ convincing win over Sunshine Coast Falcons in the James Ackerman Cup match.
JERSEY FLEGG (NSW U-20s)
Cruz Topai-Aveai was a front-row starter for Cronulla Sharks’ Under-20s side in a 22-all draw with Sydney Roosters.
Patrick Elia returned to the Warriors’ starting line-up on the wing and scored a 72nd-minute try in a 14-10 loss to St George Illawarra Dragons.
Promising forwards Sua Aiiloilo and Daniel Sakisi both came off the bench in Canterbury Bulldogs’ narrow defeat to Newcastle Knights at Belmore Sports Ground.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U-20s)
After starring in Norths Devils’ charge to the Mal Meninga Cup (Under-18s) final, Jordan Riki made a tryscoring Under-20s debut for the club in a 30-6 win over Ipswich Jets. The Devils are a feeder club for the Brisbane Broncos, who lured Riki across the Tasman at the end of last year.
Jalen Tangiiti-Turner featured on the wing for Wynnum Manly Seagulls in a 25-10 loss to Townsville Blackhawks.