RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITION 17 & 18
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.
Aranui product Jamayne Isaako enjoyed his best outing of a difficult second NRL season, laying on a try and scoring another in Brisbane Broncos’ 28-6 win over Canterbury Bulldogs on Thursday night.
The 2018 Dally M Rookie of the Year, who has experienced the highs of debuting for Samoa and the lows of being dropped from first grade in recent months, also ran for a season-high 152 metres in an encouraging performance.
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Following on from an outstanding 200-metre running game a week earlier in Brisbane, Kodi Nikorima played a vital role in the Warriors’ heart-stopping 19-18 defeat of Cronulla in Wellington.
The five-eighth scored a brilliant, vital second-half try to put the Warriors back in the game and finished with 125 running metres to finish on top in his individual showdown with Shaun Johnson.
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Fellow Chevaliers junior Jazz Tevaga, who racked up an incredible 72 tackles and over 180 metres against the Broncos, produced another industrious outing against the Sharks.
The lock finished with 170 metres and 37 tackles to cap off a week in which he inked a two-year extension with the Warriors.
CANTERBURY CUP NSW
Hornby old boy Fa’amanu Brown scored a try and two goals in Canterbury Bulldogs’ hard-fought 12-8 win over Newcastle Knights in Round 17.
The Bulldogs, who are sailing along at the top of the table in their Canterbury Cup title defence, had the bye in Round 18.
Promising half Joseph Taipari – a Jersey Flegg regular for Parramatta since the start of 2018 – marked his second outing for Wentworthville Magpies in Round 17 with a goal in a 26-20 win over Western Suburbs. The youngster also made a whopping 33 tackles.
Matt McIlwrick started at hooker for Wentworthville, producing a try assist along with 14 tackles.
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Sheldon Pitama started at hooker and scored a match-sealing try in Redcliffe Dolphins’ 32-20 victory over Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Round 17.
The former Northern Bulldogs rake wore the No.9 again on the weekend but the Dolphins went down 24-16 to Souths Logan Magpies.
Jordan Riki received 32 minutes of game-time off the bench in Norths Devils’ 30-12 loss to Sunshine Coast Falcons on Sunday, chalking up three runs and 18 tackles.
The young back-rower made an 11-minute cameo a week earlier in a 29-22 defeat to the Magpies.
JERSEY FLEGG CUP (NSW U20S)
With Wentworthville on a Round 18 bye in the Canterbury Cup, Joseph Taipari returned to Jersey Flegg duty for Parramatta Eels and scored the last try and landed the conversion in a 36-32 loss to South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Sua Ailoilo came off the bench in Canterbury Bulldogs’ 18-all draw with Victoria Thunderbolts on Sunday.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U20S)
Griffin Neame started at prop and scored an early try in Townsville Blackhawks’ 60-16 thrashing of Northern Pride in Round 17. Daejarn Asi featured at fullback for the high-flying Blackhawks.
Jalen Tangiiti-Turner helped Wynnum Manly Seagulls to a 34-22 win over Redcliffe Dolphins in Round 17.
The Hastings Deering Colts competition had a full bye round on the weekend.