RED AND BLACK REPORT 2018: EDITION NO.19
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 was switched to his specialist fullback spot – with Brisbane coach moving skipper Darius Boyd to centre – but halfback Kodi Nikorima was the star of the Broncos’ 50-18 destruction of Penrith on Friday night.
Nikorima scored two intercept tries, ran for 121 metres and had two try-assists in arguably his best performance of the season.
— NRL (@NRL) July 20, 2018
Isaako kicked six goals and was sound at the back, but picked up a leg injury that could see him miss some time.
Overall, though, it was a great week for Isaako, who signed a four-year extension with the Broncos.
— Joel Gould (@JoelGould6) July 19, 2018
Interchange hooker Jazz Tevaga – widely regarded as one of the NRL’s big improvers in 2018 – produced another lionhearted performance in the Warriors’ hard-fought 12-6 loss to Melbourne, topping the tackle count with 44 and finishing with 88 running metres despite switching to hooker for the injured Issac Luke midway through the second half.
Fa’amanu Brown came off the bench in Canterbury’s dour 14-8 loss to Parramatta, the Hornby product’s sixth NRL appearance of the season.
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP NSW
Stranded on 198 NRL appearances after only being called upon twice by Manly this year, Lewis Brown again started in the second-row for Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles in a 22-14 loss to Mounties.
The Warriors’ ISP team suffered a 30-6 loss to Wyong Roos, but Mason Lino’s promotion to first grade to cover the loss of Blake Green gave Tevin Arona the opportunity to steer the reserve grade outfit around at halfback.
Pita Godinet featured at halfback as Western Suburbs Magpies went down 40-22 to the Bulldogs.
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Nathan Saumalu was back in the centres for Mackay Cutters in their convincing 40-18 loss to Sunshine Coast Falcons, scoring a try early in the second half.
JERSEY FLEGG (NSW U20s)
Cruz Topai-Aveai was in the front-row for high-flying Cronulla’s 32-26 win over Parramatta on Friday.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U20s)
The Hastings Deering Colts competition had a bye weekend, but boom Norths Devils back-rower Jordan Riki and Wynnum-Manly winger Jalen Tangiiti-Turner are expected to be back in action in Round 20.