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RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITION NO.14

RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITION NO.14

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.

 

NRL

Burnham Chevaliers juniors Kodi Nikorima and Jazz Tevaga featured in the Warriors’ much-needed 24-20 defeat of Gold Coast Titans on Friday.

Five-eighth Nikorima had a hand in two Warriors tries and tallied 92 running metres, while Tevaga overcame an error-riddled start to the second half to finish with 100 running metre and 42 tackles in 57 minutes in the back-row.

Aranui product Jamayne Isaako kicked a goal, made a line-break and produced a classy try-assist, but his Brisbane Broncos were hammered 38-10 by Parramatta Eels on Saturday.

After scoring 11 tries in his stellar 2018 rookie campaign, the winger is still searching for his first four-pointer of the year.

New Zealand Test incumbents Nikorima and Isaako were both named in the Kiwis’ initial 27-man squad on Thursday but were left out of the team to face Mate Ma’a Tonga this weekend. Isaako will instead turn out for Toa Samoa against Papua New Guinea in Sydney.

Fa’amanu Brown received a late call-up to star at halfback for Canterbury Bulldogs, coming up with a try-assist, two touches in his side’s other try, 58 running metres and 14 tackles in a 38-12 loss to Sydney Roosters.

It was the Hornby junior’s first NRL run-on appearance since leaving Cronulla for Canterbury at the end of 2017. Brown capped a fine weekend with selection in Toa Samoa’s squad for Saturday’s Test against the Kumuls.

 

CANTERBURY CUP NSW

Halswell old boy Matt McIlwrick made the trip to his homeland over the weekend, making 31 tackles (no misses) in Wentworthville Magpies’ 26-16 loss to the Warriors at North Harbour Stadium.

 

INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD

Sheldon Pitama had another strong showing off the bench for Redcliffe Dolphins, racking up 46 metres and 15 tackles in just 19 minutes of their 20-12 win over Northern Pride.

The match was Pitama’s fifth straight at ISC level and 29th for the Dolphins overall.

 

JERSEY FLEGG CUP (NSW U2Os)

Daniel Sakisi started at prop as the Bulldogs edged out the Roosters 17-16 at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday.

Joseph Taipari returned at five-eighth for the Eels’ 32-24 victory over the Warriors at McCredie Park.

Cruz Topai-Aveai featured in the top-of-the-table Sharks’ 25-24 shading of the Raiders on Sunday.

 

HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U20s)

The Hastings Deering Colts competition takes a two-week break, resuming on the weekend of June 29-30.

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