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).
Souths Logan were big winners over Wynnum Manly on Sunday afternoon, with fullback Corey Allan scoring twice, setting up a try and running for 95 metres in the victory. Patrick Carrigan started at second row for Wynnum, making 124 metres and 25 tackles in 56 minutes, while Payne Haas played 50 minutes off the bench, running for 115 metres and making 20 tackles without a miss. Eddie Burns started again at centre for the Seagulls, he made 81 metres from 9 runs and completed 22 tackles.
Kotoni Staggs started at second rower in Redcliffe’s win over Easts. The Wellington junior played the full 80, kicking 6 goals and making 25 tackles in the win.
Norths defeated the PNG Hunters at Bishop Park, with centre Gehamat Shibasaki running for 93 metres and breaking 3 tackles in 70 minutes of play.
Mounties went down to Penrith in Round 5 but Emre Guler was a standout for his side. Starting at prop, he ran for 120 metres from 13 runs and made 29 tackles in 65 minutes.
Halfback Kyle Flanagan scored a try and kicked a goal in Newtown’s 18-10 loss to the Dragons. He added 309 kick metres and 17 tackles, while hooker Blayke Brailey played the full 80, setting up a try and making 30 tackles with just 1 miss.
Gold Coast Titans
It was another win for Jai Whitbread and his Burleigh side, who remain undefeated in 2018. The Tweed Heads junior ran for 57 metres from 6 runs and made 17 tackles with a single miss in 28 minutes of action.
Further south, Tweed Heads remain winless after going down to Townsville. AJ Brimson started at fullback and ran for 60 metres and broke 8 tackles in the loss. Prop Moeaki Fotuaika played 60 minutes, running for 92 metres and made 3 offloads and 28 tackles with just two misses.
Manly Sea Eagles
Blacktown suffered a loss to rivals Wentworthville in Round 5, with new recruit Moses Suli making his first appearance. The 19-year old scored a try in the defeat, while Manase Fainu once again started at hooker.
Note – full statistics for Blacktown-Wentworthville game were unavailable.
Sunshine Coast enjoyed a big 32-4 win over Mackay on Saturday night, with hooker Harry Grant getting in on the try scorer. He also ran for 133 metres, broke 5 tackles and made 40 of his own in the win. Louis Geraghty came off the interchange for 70 metres, 3 tackle breaks and 24 tackles in 42 minutes.
Kea Pere played his first ISC game of 2018 in Easts’ 32-16 loss to Redcliffe. The Queensland under-18 representative impressed, scoring a try and running for 115 metres and breaking 5 tackles in the loss.
Centre Brayden Musgrove and hooker Tom Starling were called up to the Knights’ ISP side in the 28-10 loss to North Sydney. Musgrove ran for 90 metres and completed 16 tackles, while Starling scored a try off the interchange, broke 4 tackles and made 28 tackles with just 1 miss in 53 minutes.
North Queensland Cowboys
The Northern Pride’s three game winning streak came to an end in Round 5 at the hands of Ipswich. Winger Murray Taulagi ran for 129 metres from 14 runs, while centre Enari Tuala made 123 metres and 11 tackles with just 1 miss. Halfback Jake Clifford couldn’t continue his hot try scoring form but added 184 kick metres and 11 tackles. Emry Pere played 30 minutes off the bench, recording 68 metres from 8 runs, 3 tackle breaks and 10 tackles.
Winger Brian Too is the first under-20s player to play for Penrith’s ISP side in 2018. He had a solid outing in his side’s win over Mounties, running for 144 metres from 9 runs.
St George Illawarra Dragons
Zac Lomax returned to the ISP in Round 5 and scored a hat trick in the Dragons’ 18-10 win over Newtown. Starting on the wing, he ran for 156 metres and made 11 tackles without a miss. Hooker Reece Robson completed the full 80 once again, making 23 tackles. Second rower Jackson Ford and utility Joe Lovodua both came off the bench, with Ford making 78 metres and 19 tackles in 52 minutes and Lovodua racking up 11 tackles and 42 metres in 15 minutes.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
The Rabbitohs’ youth brigade ran wild on Saturday afternoon, with 7 under-20 eligible players starting in their 28-10 win over Newcastle. NRL-experienced centre Campbell Graham scored a hat trick in the win and ran for 127 metres and broke 9 tackles. Winger Mawene Hiroti made 114 metres from 13 runs and broke 6 tackles. Halfback Dean Hawkins kicked 4 goals and completed 24 tackles, with just 2 misses. In the forward pack, prop Sam Johnstone played 42 minutes, running for 155 metres and making 25 tackles without miss. Tarquinn Butler played the entire 80, making 94 metres and 30 tackles, while his second row partner Lucky Taavale set up a try and ran for 80 metres in 65 minutes. Lock Keaon Koloamatangi played 45 minutes, running for 85 metres from 8 runs and making 28 tackles.
The Warriors went down 32-0 to competition leaders Western Suburbs on Saturday afternoon. Fullback Hayze Perham made 120 metres from 13 runs and broke 4 tackles. Winger Lewis Soosemea made 112 metres from 9 runs and broke 4 tackles. Five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita made 166 kick metres from 5 kicks and completed 18 tackles, while second rower Joseph Vuna played the entire game, running for 95 metres from 10 runs and making 33 tackles.
The Jets’ snapped the Pride’s winning streak in Round 5, with five-eighth Julian Christian a standout performer. He ran for 129 metres from 15 runs, broke 9 tackles and made 12 tackles with just 1 miss.
Hooker Brent Woolf came off the bench to score a try in Townsville’s big win over Tweed Heads on Saturday afternoon. In 34 minutes, he ran for 74 metres from 7 runs and completed 13 tackles with just 1 miss.