RED AND BLACK REPORT 2018: EDITION NO.12
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.
It’s becoming a weekly occurrence, but we’re definitely not getting sick of Aranui Eagles junior Jamayne Isaako carved up on the wing for the Brisbane Broncos.
The 21-year-old crossed for his seventh try in six games and added three goals to move past the 100-point barrier for the season.
— NRL (@NRL) May 24, 2018
Isaako is equal-fifth on the NRL’s tryscoring ladder and fourth in the pointscoring race – and firming as the favourite for Dally M Rookie of the Year honours.
Broncos halfback and Burnham Chevaliers junior Kodi Nikorima’s boot laid on Isaako’s try, while he had a crucial hand in both of his side’s other tries in an 18-10 defeat of Parramatta.
Riccarton Knights product Lewis Brown made his second NRL appearance of the season for Manly, starting at hooker in the place of the suspended Apisai Koroisau.
The veteran utility had a hand in all three Sea Eagles tries and made 18 tackles in a heart-breaking 21-20 loss to Canberra.
Christchurch fans will be hoping the local favourite can hold onto a place in Manly’s 17 for the next two weeks, which would allow Brown to play his 200th NRL game in front of his hometown fans against his former club, the Warriors.
One player certain to be lining up at AMI Stadium next week is Jazz Tevaga, who was one of the badly beaten Warriors’ best against South Sydney on Saturday night.
The utility racked up 29 tackles and 101 metres off the bench in the Warriors’ 30-10 drubbing from the Rabbitohs.
— This Warriors Life (@thiswarriorslyf) May 26, 2018
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP NSW
Ex-Hornby gun Fa’amanu Brown’s versatility came to the fore again in Round 12, kicking two goals after starting at fullback in Canterbury’s 24-20 loss to Wyong. Brown has featured at hooker and halfback so far this season.
Fa'amanu Brown will line up at fullback for the @NRL_Bulldogs – his third position this season.
— Intrust Super Premiership ???? (@IntrustSuperPrm) May 26, 2018
Another former Hornby playmaker, Tevin Arona, lined up at halfback in the Warriors’ 20-16 defeat at the hands of Blacktown Workers.
Christchurch-born duo Pita Godinet and Matt McIlwrick combined at halfback and hooker respectively in Western Suburbs Magpies’ 23-22 loss to Newtown. The pair have both played first grade for Wests Tigers in 2018 but are stuck in a dummy-half/utility queue that includes Elijah Taylor, Josh Reynolds and Jacob Liddle.
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Mackay Cutters mainstay and ex-Rockcote Canterbury Bulls star Nathan Saumalu was at centre for a 20-10 defeat to Burleigh.
Classy hooker Sheldon Pitama came off the bench in Redcliffe Dolphins’ 20-14 victory over CQ Capras.
JERSEY FLEGG (NSW U-20s)
Promising forwards Daniel Sakisi and Sua Aiiloilo and both featured in Canterbury Bulldogs’ narrow defeat to Sydney Roosters at Central Coast Stadium, starting at prop and off the bench respectively.
Patrick Elia played on the wing as the Warriors Under-20s went down 36-14 to Manly.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U-20s)
Winger Jalen Tangiiti-Turner scored the last of Wynnum Manly Seagulls’ six tries in a 34-6 thrashing of Easts Tigers.
Jordan Riki made his second appearance for Norths Devils’ Under-20s, coming off the bench in a 28-18 win over Northern Pride.