RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITION NO.7
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.
Jazz Tevaga made four runs and 14 tackles in 14 minutes of the Warriors’ courageous 13-12 loss on Anzac Day before leaving the field injured.
Two players from Tevaga’s former junior club Burnham Chevaliers, Private Andrija Duricic and Corporal Henare Te Kaute, played for the New Zealand Defence Force team against their Australian counterparts in the curtain-raiser at AAMI Park.
Jamayne Isaako kicked six goals and ran for over 100 metres as Brisbane Broncos powered to a pressure-relieving 29-6 win over Cronulla on Saturday.
Kodi Nikorima had a try-assist and chalked up 73 running metres, but it is rumoured the incumbent New Zealand Test halfback has played his last game for the Broncos, with the Warriors reportedly keen to snap up his services with immediate effect.
— Stuff (@NZStuff) April 29, 2019
CANTERBURY CUP NSW
Reverting to hooker on the weekend, Fa’amanu Brown helped Canterbury Bulldogs to a 22-16 win over the Warriors. The Hornby product, who is yet to feature at NRL level in 2019 after playing nine games in the top grade last year, contributed three goals, seven runs and 24 tackles for the defending champs.
Front-rower Cruz Topai-Aveai made his first run-on appearance at Canterbury Cup level in Newtown Jets’ 32-22 loss to Western Suburbs.
Journeyman hooker Matt McIlwrick made 31 tackles for Wentworthville Magpies, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a 24-20 loss on the road to Newcastle.
McIlwrick, who has played 56 NRL games during stints at Canberra, Sydney Roosters, Cronulla and Wests Tigers, is waiting to make his first top-grade appearance for Parramatta after signing with the club from South Sydney earlier this season.
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Boom back-rower Jordan Riki played 63 minutes off the bench in Norths Devils’ 32-16 defeat of Northern Pride. Riki, who was playing in the Mal Meninga Cup under-18s competition this time last year, racked up 74 metres and 19 tackles for the fifth-placed Devils.
JERSEY FLEGG CUP (NSW U20S)
Daniel Sakisi started at prop and Sua Ailoilo came off the bench in the Bulldogs’ 16-all draw with the Roosters.
Joseph Taipari featured at five-eighth as the Eels put away the Knights 24-16 on Sunday.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U20S)
Griffin Neame, a West Coast product who played for Halswell Hornets 18s last season, came off the bench in Townsville Blackhawks’ 60-12 demolition of Central Queensland Capras.
Jalen Tangiiti-Turner was on the wing for Wynnum Manly Seagulls’ 18-14 comeback win over Souths-Logan Magpies.