RED AND BLACK REPORT 2019: EDITIONS 27 & 28
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.
The only Canterbury product involved in the NRL finals, Brisbane winger Jamayne Isaako had a forgettable afternoon as his team were subjected to an all-time finals record 58-0 drubbing by Parramatta.
Opposing winger Maika Sivo powered over for two tries, while Isaako finished with just five runs for 40 metres.
After an indifferent start to 2019, last season’s Dally M Rookie of the Year produced four tries, three try-assists, seven line-breaks and 26 tackle-breaks in his last 10 regular-season appearances.
Aranui junior Isaako also finished the year with a team-high 123 points. He soldiered on throughout 2019 with a heavy heart as his father battled serious illness.
❤️🏉 Jamayne Isaako spoke post-match about the emotion of having his father in a critical condition and the will to keep playing well for him. @brisbanebroncos #NRL #NRLBroncosEels pic.twitter.com/qlNLciT3dk
— ABC Grandstand (@abcgrandstand) August 30, 2019
CANTERBURY CUP NSW
Halswell old boy Matt McIlwrick played 80 minutes at hooker and had a try-assist on top of a game-high 41 tackles as Wentworthville Magpies eliminated defending champs Canterbury Bulldogs 26-20 in week two of the Canterbury Cup finals. Fa’amanu Brown was a key absentee for the Bulldogs.
McIlwrick then scored a try, racked up 89 running metres and 21 tackles without a miss in Wentworthville’s 35-10 preliminary final rout of South Sydney. The Magpies will take on Newtown in Sunday’s grand final.
INTRUST SUPER CUP QLD
Sheldon Pitama’s Redcliffe Dolphins were bounced out of the ISC finals in week two by Wynnum Manly Seagulls. After an injury-interrupted start to the season, Pitama cemented the No.9 jumper at Redcliffe.
JERSEY FLEGG CUP (NSW U20s)
A Bulldogs side containing Sua Ailoilo in the front-row and Daniel Sakisi on the bench had their season extinguished by a 28-24 loss to the Roosters in week two of the Jersey Flegg playoffs.
HASTINGS DEERING COLTS (QLD U20s)
Centre Daejarn Asi scored Townsville’s only try, while Zinzan Martin was on the wing and Griffin Neame started in the front-row as the Blackhawks were dumped out of the finals in week two courtesy of a 30-6 loss to Mackay Cutters.
ISC regular Jordan Riki went down a grade to play in North Devils’ week two semi, but they were thumped 42-12 by Burleigh Bears.
Wynnum Manly Seagulls wing mainstay Jalen Tangiiti-Turner is set to feature in Sunday’s grand final against Sunshine Coast Falcons after his side’s 34-6 prelim demolition of the Cutters.