Each week in the U20 Report we’ll be looking at under-20 eligible players from your club who are currently playing in either the Intrust Super Cup (Queensland) or Intrust Super Premiership (New South Wales).
Broncos’ prop Payne Haas made a great first impression in his Intrust Super Cup debut, running for 155 metres and breaking 9 tackles off the bench in Wynnum’s 24-12 win over the Northern Pride. His team mate Patrick Carrigan also came off the interchange, recording 92 metres from 9 runs and 26 tackles.
Fullback Corey Allan was hard to stop in Souths Logans’ 16-15 win over Redcliffe. The local junior ran for 132 metres, broke 10 tackles and set up a try in the victory. Young prop Tom Flegler started on the bench and came on for 66 metres from 9 runs and 11 tackles.
Originally named to play Colts, centre Herbie Farnworth moved up to play for Norths ISC side, where he kicked 4 goals in their win over Tweed Heads. He ran for 58 metres and made 10 tackles without a miss.
It was a strong effort of the bench for Raiders’ prop Emre Guler in Mounties 22-20 win over St George Illawarra. The Mascot Jets junior made 122 metres from 11 runs and 18 tackles in 42 minutes of action.
Sharks’ hooker Blayke Brailey opened his 2018 season with a try in Newtown’s 1-point loss to Wyong. In 58 minutes, he added 30 tackles, 3 tackle breaks and 4 runs for 40 metres.
18-year old prop Moeaki Fotuaika was a standout for Tweed Heads in their 24-12 loss to Norths on Sunday. He played 73 minutes, running for 148 metres from 15 runs and making 28 tackles. Five-eighth AJ Brimson was tested in defence, making 14 tackles and missing just 1. He added 138 kicking metres and 55 running metres
Tweed product Jai Whitbread made his debut for Burleigh in their televised 34-22 win over the Sunshine Coast. The prop came off the bench for a 32-minute stint, running for 57 metres from 6 runs and completing 16 tackles..
NYC premiership winning hooker Manase Fainu made his first appearance in the Intrust Super Premiership last Friday, throwing the final passes for his side’s first two tries in their 28-all draw with Newcastle.
Fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen started his Intrust Super Cup career with a try in the Sunshine Coast’s 34-22 loss to Burleigh. The former Wests Tiger NYC player ran for 131 metres, broke 3 tackles and set up a try. Hooker Harry Grant played 47 minutes in the loss, running for 46 metres and making 27 tackles, while prop Louis Geraghty came off the bench for 52 metres and 15 tackles.
Two under-20 Knights opened the ISP season for Newcastle in their 28-all draw with Blacktown. Pasami Saulo started at prop, while Brodie Jones started at second row and scored a try, after chasing through a grubber.
Four Cowboys made their Intrust Super Cup debuts in the Northern Pride’s 24-12 loss to Wynnum on Saturday afternoon. Halfback Jake Clifford scoring twice, his side’s only tries, adding 15 tackles and 198 kick metres. Outside backs Murray Taulagi and Enari Tuala put in strong shifts, with Taulagi running for 142 metres from 10 runs and breaking 8 tackles, and Tuala making 102 metres from his 12 runs. Interchange prop Emry Pere made a 33-minute stint, running for 88 metres from 9 runs and making 21 tackles.
Kawana junior Reed Mahoney leads the ISP in tackles after Round 1. The hooker made 49, with no misses, in Wentworthville’s 32-24 win over rivals Penrith. He also recorded a try assists, a line break assist and 112 kick metres.
Kiwi centre Mawene Hiroti had a bright ISP debut in North Sydney’s 22-30 loss to the Warriors. He scored a try, made 2 line breaks and ran for 96 metres in his return to New Zealand. Halfback Dean Hawkins kicked 3 goals in the loss, recording a try assist, 211 kick metres and 18 tackles. Prop Ky Rodwell came off the bench for a 20-minute cameo, in which he made 22 tackles.
Bears’ centre Jake Tago and winger Sean Sabutey also played in the loss, with Sabutey picking up a try and running for 36 metres and Tago recording 41 metres and 10 tackles.
St George Illawarra
They went down by two points to Mounties but thete were some promising performances by the Dragon’s young brigade. Second rower Jackson Ford picked up a try, made 35 tackles and ran for 144 metres from 13 runs in his side’s narrow loss. 18-year old centre Zac Lomax also crossed the line and added 65 metres and 13 tackles, while hooker Reece Robson recorded 31 tackles in 68 minutes.
Winger Nick O’Meley has been named to play Jersey Flegg in Round 2 but he had a solid game in the ISP for Wyong in their 1-point win over Newtown. The Central Coast product ran for 100 metres from 11 runs.
The future looks bright for the Warriors after three great performances by their young ISP trio. In his first game for the club at any level, 18-year old fullback Hayze Perham ran for 159 metres, set up 2 tries and 3 line breaks and had 5 offloads in the side’s win over North Sydney. Winger Lewis Soosemea ran for 140 metres and broke 10 tackles on his way to 3 tries, while another 18-year old, five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita, scored a try, kicked 5 goals and ran for 72 metres
Note – Stats were unavailable for Newcastle-Blacktown ISP game.
ISC/ISP U20 Team of the Week – Round 1
We did an NYC TOTW every round last year but there are no U20 competition stats available this season. So instead, we’ll go for an U20 in Reserve Grade TOTW. Maybe not every week, depending on how many U20 players actually played up a grade that weekend.
1 Hayze Perham (Warriors – 159m, 2 TA, 3 LBA, 1 TB, 5 OL, 2 TKL)
2 Murray Taulagi (Cowboys – 142m, 1 LB, 8 TB, 2 OL, 4 TKL)
3 Enari Tuala (Cowboys – 102m, 1 LBA, 3 TB, 8 TKL)
4 Mawene Hiroti (Rabbitohs – 1 try, 96m, 2 LB, 3 TB, 3 TKL)
5 Lewis Soosemea (Warriors – 3 tries, 140m, 3 LB, 10 TB, 1 OL, 3 TKL)
6 Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors – 1 try, 72m, 1 LB, 3 TB, 13 TKL)
7 Jake Clifford (Cowboys – 2 tries, 40m, 1 TA, 1 LB, 2 TB, 198 kick m, 15 TKL)
8 Payne Haas (Broncos – 155m, 9 TB, 1 OL, 26 TK)
9 Reed Mahoney (Eels – 13m, 1 TA, 1 LBA, 2 TB, 49 TKL)
10 Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans – 148m, 2 TB, 1 OL, 28 TKL)
11 Jackson Ford (Dragons – 1 try, 144m, 1 LB, 4 TB, 35 TKL)
12 Brodie Jones (Knights – 1 try)
13 Patrick Carrigan (Broncos – 92m, 2 TB, 26 TKL)
14 Blayke Brailey (Sharks – 1 try, 40m, 1 LB, 3 TB, 30 TKL)
15 Emre Guler (Raiders – 122m, 2 TB, 18 TKL)
16 Corey Allan (Broncos – 132m, 1 TA, 10 TB, 1 OL, 10 TKL)
17 Ryan Papenhuyzen (Storm – 1 try, 131m, 1 TA, 1 LBA, 3 TB, 3 TKL)