RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITION NO.8
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 kicked a goal and ran for over 100 metres, but it was another dismal night out for Brisbane Broncos in a 38-6 thrashing at the hands of South Sydney on Thursday night.
The Aranui junior – last season’s Dally M Rookie of the Year – is reportedly set to be dropped to reserve grade this week, a harsh call given the far more glaringly subpar performances of some of his teammates.
Reports have emerged from the Brisbane Broncos training session today that both James Roberts & Jamayne Isaako are set to be dropped.
They trained today in reserves with Kotoni Staggs & Gehamat Shibasaki set to replace the pair. pic.twitter.com/EMUrlzAODQ
— Clarkey's NRL Column (@Clarkeys_column) May 6, 2019
Broncos teammate Kodi Nikorima was granted a mid-season release from the club last week, signing a two-and-a-half deal with the Warriors.
After 86 games for the Broncos, the 13-Test Kiwi is set to debut for the Warriors against St George Illawarra this weekend – ironically at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium as part of the NRL’s Magic Weekend.
— Corey Rosser (@CoreyRosser23) May 5, 2019
He's coming now, so give him a bloody chance would ya! @WillEvansRL provides some balance to the overwhelming and baffling negative reaction to Kodi Nikorima signing with the @NZWarriors #WarriorNation #WeAreWarriors #ThisWarriorsLifehttps://t.co/DpTvizt2x2
— This Warriors Life (@thiswarriorslyf) May 3, 2019
Jazz Tevaga, who will be looking forward to teaming up with fellow Burnham Chevaliers junior Nikorima, missed the Warriors’ disappointing loss to Newcastle on Sunday with a calf injury.
Jazz Tevaga off for the Warriors with ice on calf, would suggest calf strain or contusion. Played 15 minutes before half time. General recovery guide if a strain:
Grade 1: 1-3 wks
Grade 2: 3-6 wks
Grade 3: 6+ wks#NRLStormWarriors pic.twitter.com/ipQfaQXBS2
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) April 25, 2019
Hornby product Fa’amanu Brown made his first NRL appearance of the season for Canterbury Bulldogs, coming off the bench for a 10-minute stint at hooker in his side’s defeat to Manly. It was former Cronulla utility Brown’s 34th match in first grade and 10th for the Bulldogs.
CANTERBURY CUP NSW
Cruz Topai-Aveai played 13 minutes off the bench in Newtown Jets’ 26-24 eclipse of Souths. The Jets are the feeder club for Cronulla Sharks, who former Rabbitohs NYC forward Topai-Aveai starred for at Jersey Flegg level last year.
Halswell old boy Matt McIlwrick featured at hooker in Wentworthville Magpies’ 30-14 victory over St George Illawarra.
Some exciting family news for the well-travelled rake, too.
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Jordan Riki’s Norths Devils were hammered 36-8 by Tweed Heads Seagulls, but the back-row tyro’s development continued with 42 minutes off the bench, in which he racked up 11 tackles and five runs.
JERSEY FLEGG CUP (NSW U20S)
Five-eighth Joseph Taipari helped Parramatta Eels to a 22-10 upset of the Dragons on Sunday.
Daniel Sakisi and Sua Ailoilo both came off the bench in the Bulldogs’ solid 30-16 win against the Sea Eagles.
— Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs (@NRL_Bulldogs) May 4, 2019
Patrick Elia returned at centre for the Warriors, but they went down 34-12 to the Knights at Mount Smart on Sunday.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U20S)
Daejarn Asi featured at centre as Townsville Blackhawks were edged out 23-22 by Western Mustangs.
Wing mainstay Jalen Tangiiti-Turner’s Wynnum Manly Seagulls enjoyed a 46-6 thrashing of Easts Tigers to maintain their spot in the top four.