RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITION NO.10
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.
Kodi Nikorima’s mid-season move to the Warriors is paying huge early dividends for both parties, with the ex-Bronco one of the standouts in an emphatic 30-10 win over Penrith on Friday night.
The livewire half made two line-breaks – one resulting in a sizzling solo try – among eight runs for 82 metres to emerge as a potential season-saving X-factor for the Warriors. Nikorima also picked up two Dally M points for his efforts.
Fellow Burnham Chevaliers junior Jazz Tevaga had another super-strong game off the bench for the Warriors, racking up 112 metres, a line-break and 28 tackles (including a sensational first-half try-saver).
Jamayne Isaako returned on the wing for Brisbane after being dropped for Magic Round, booting three critical goals from as many attempts in a gritty 15-10 win over the Broncos.
The Aranui product also racked up 97 running metres for the Broncos.
CANTERBURY CUP NSW
Parramatta-contracted Matt McIlwrick played at hooker for Wentworthville Magpies in a 34-20 loss to North Sydney Bears, the team he played for much of last season while attached to Souths.
Cruz Topai-Aveai was promoted to starting prop for Newtown Jets and made a big impression in a 44-28 win over Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles, reeling off 133 metres on 10 carries and making 18 tackles.
Siosifa Talakai was simply stunning for @newtownrlfc in their big win at Henson Park.
— Canterbury Cup NSW (@CanterburyCup) May 19, 2019
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Young back-row prospect Jordan Riki had a fine game off the bench in Norths Devils’ 42-18 win over Mackay Cutters. Riki made nine runs for 101 metres and 24 tackles in 39 minutes of game-time.
Former Northern Bulldogs hooker Sheldon Pitama made his first ISC appearance of the season for Redcliffe Dolphins – and played a starring role off the bench in a 52-10 thrashing of Central Queensland Capras. Pitama scored a try in each half of the eight-tries-to-two victory.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U20S)
Jalen Tangiiti-Turner featured on the wing in Wynnum-Manly Seagulls’ 34-10 win over Western Mustangs. The Seagulls joined Burleigh Bears in equal-first position on the Hastings Deering Colts ladder.
The versatile Daejarn Asi played at five-eighth and Griffin Neame came off the bench for Townsville Blackhawks, but they went down 22-18 to Sunshine Coast Falcons on Sunday.