RED AND BLACK REPORT 2023: EDITION NO.11
The Red and Black Report shines a spotlight on Canterbury Rugby League products featuring in Australia’s elite and lower-grade competitions.
Dolphins winger Jamayne Isaako continues to head the NRL’s pointscoring charts with 183 points from 16 tries and 59 goals.
— NRL (@NRL) July 30, 2023
The Aranui junior scored a sizzling 80-metre solo try against Canterbury-Bankstown on Sunday, but the Bundaberg encounter ended in heart-break for the Dolphins as Isaako’s last-minute sideline conversion attempt swung wide in a crucial 23-22 loss.
Returning to five-eighth for the Dolphins in Round 22 after another stint at fullback, Burnham Chevaliers junior Kodi Nikorima produced a line-break and laid on the last try against the Bulldogs.
Aranui product Daejarn Asi has played eight straight games in the halves for Parramatta, lining up at five-eighth in losses to North Queensland and Melbourne in the past fortnight.
Asi is vying to retain a spot in the Eels’ 17 following the impending return of suspended Kiwi Test five-eighth Dylan Brown this week.
Twenty-year-old forward and ex-Burnham Chevalier Siua Wong made his third NRL appearance in Round 21, coming off the bench for 14 minutes in Sydney Roosters’ 36-18 defeat of Gold Coast Titans.
Hornby junior Fa’amanu Brown made a mid-season switch from Canterbury-Bankstown to Newcastle last week.
SIGNING NEWS ⚔️
The nib Newcastle Knights have signed utility Fa'amanu Brown for the remainder of the 2023 National Rugby League season ✊
— Newcastle Knights (@NRLKnights) July 28, 2023
The hard-working utility made five NRL appearances for the Bulldogs this year – taking his career tally to 54 games in the top grade – and will look to force his way into the line-up for the in-form Knights, his fourth NRL club.
Burnham Chevaliers junior Jazz Tevaga is expected back from injury for the high-flying Warriors this week.
The 114-game veteran was in tremendous form before being cut down by a calf injury in the Round 8 loss to Melbourne on Anzac Day.
NZ Warriors anticipate Jazz Tevaga's return, Te Maire Martin comeback still uncertain after broken leghttps://t.co/OgrqEEzE2I
— Newshub Sport (@NewshubSport) July 26, 2023
Fa’amanu Brown marked his last appearance for Canterbury-Bankstown with a try, 17 runs for 125 metre and 31 tackles at lock in a 40-16 loss to Penrith, underlining the quality and industriousness Newcastle has gained.
Brown was fast-tracked into the Knights’ NSW Cup line-up last week, making 26 tackles and five runs in 47 minutes off the bench in a 36-24 loss in Canberra.
Warriors SG Ball captain and Halswell front-rower Tanner Stowers-Smith earned his first NSW Cup run-on appearance against Canberra in Round 21. The tyro played the first 22 minutes of the nail-biting 21-20 win at Mt Smart, making three hit-ups and 10 tackles.
Halswell product Joseph Taipari was back at five-eighth for Sydney Roosters in Round 21, making a line-break and 74 metres in a 32-16 loss to his former club Parramatta.
Taipari produced a line-break assist and 69 running metres in a 26-16 defeat of the Bulldogs last Friday, rejoined in the Roosters’ line-up by former Burnham Chevaliers junior and recent NRL debutant Siua Wong, who starred with a try and a game-high 241 metres from lock.
After making his debut for the Roosters in the NRL earlier this month, Siua Wong showcased why he’s thought of so highly in Bondi with another impressive display. https://t.co/yBuJ3m4XWe
— 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐍𝐞𝐰𝐬 Australia (@sportingnewsau) July 31, 2023
Former Hornby and Canterbury Bulls engine-room powerhouse Caius Faatili made his 10th Queensland Cup appearance of 2023 for Wynnum Manly Seagulls in a dramatic 30-28 eclipse of Sunshine Coast Falcons.
Despite starting off the bench, Faatili churned out a game-high 221 metres from 16 runs and racked up five tackle-breaks in 37 minutes on the park.
Jayden Nikorima, who turned out for Burnham Chevaliers as a junior, was a standout at halfback in Falcons’ loss to the Seagulls on Saturday.
The livewire produced two line-breaks and two try assists along with 95 running metres.
Northern Bulldogs product Sheldon Pitama’s Redcliffe Dolphins return to action on Saturday after two weekends off.
Riccarton prop K-Ci Newton Whare – whose father, Vince Whare, was a stalwart for Riccarton and Canterbury – continues to hold down a bench spot in Melbourne Storm’s Jersey Flegg side, coming off the pine in back-to-back 26-18 losses to the Dragons and Eels.
Hornby forward Felix Faatili has cemented an interchange role in fourth-placed Cronulla Sharks’ line-up, coming off the bench in a win over the Sea Eagles and a narrow loss to the Panthers to extend his run in the side to five consecutive matches.