U20 Report – Round 8

Jake Clifford

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).

Brisbane Broncos
Redcliffe centre Kotoni Staggs remains on top of the ISC point scoring list after scoring 8 points in the Dolphins’ loss to Ipswich. He added 109 metres from 9 runs, made 2 line breaks, 7 tackle breaks and 2 offloads.

Winger Herbie Farnworth opened the try scoring in Norths’ 18-16 win over Easts before coming off at half time. Centre Gehamat Shibasaki ran for 161 metres from 18 runs, broke 7 tackles and made 8 with just 1 miss in the win.

While his Wynnum team mate Payne Haas has moved up to the NRL, Patrick Carrigan can’t be too far behind after another great performance in his side’s 24-14 win over the Capras. He ran for 160 metres, broke 8 tackles and made 32 in 75 minutes of action. Centre Eddie Burns contributed 98 metres from 10 runs and 12 tackles to the win.

Souths Logan were defeated by Townsville in Round 9, with new Rabbitohs’ recruit Corey Allan running for 65 metres and setting up a try and a line break. Prop Tom Flegler made 64 metres and and 27 tackles in his 40 minutes off the interchange.

Canberra Raiders
Mounties were big 40-point winners over Wyong in Round 8, with two young Raiders’ forwards heavily involved. Emre Guler started at prop and ran for 84 metres, made 17 tackles and set up a try in 51 minutes. Corey Horsburgh once again made an impact off the bench, scoring another try and running for 68 metres and breaking 4 tackles in 34 minutes.

Cronulla Sharks
Newtown went down by two points in a close encounter with the Warriors, with halfback Kyle Flanagan setting up a try, kicking for 254 metres and making 25 tackles. Hooker Blayke Brailey completed 26 tackles in 58 minutes.

Gold Coast Titans
Tweed Heads continued their hot streak in Round 8 with a huge 52-24 win over Mackay. Fullback AJ Brimson was named man of the match, scoring 2 tries and running for 157 metres in a huge performance. Prop Moeaki Fotuaika was strong off the bench, running for 181 metres and making 10 tackles in 48 minutes.

Manly Sea Eagles
Moses Suli earned an NRL recall after another strong performance in Blacktown’s loss to Canterbury. Continuing to build on his form, Suli ran for 136 metres and made 14 tackles for 1 miss. Hooker Manase Fainu was bright again, running for 73 metres and made 28 tackles in 50 minutes. Halfback Cade Cust made his first ISP appearance of the year, making 21 tackles in a 51-minute stint off the bench.

Melbourne Storm
Both of Melbourne’s feeder sides went down in close losses in Round 8. Kea Pere ran for 92 metres, broke 5 tackles and set up a try in Easts’ two-point loss to Norths.

Hooker Harry Grant was everywhere in the Sunshine Coast’s loss to the Pride. In 71 minutes, he scored a try, ran for 53 metres, broke 3 tackles and made 40 without a miss. Cooper Johns started at five-eighth, kicking 3 goals and making 7 tackles without a miss in 73 minutes. Louis Geraghty made a 45-minute stint off the bench, running for 37 metres and making 24 tackles.

Newcastle Knights
Pasami Saulo played 36 minutes off the bench in Newcastle’s 20-point loss to North Sydney. He ran for for 45 metres from 5 runs and made 24 tackles with just 1 miss.

North Queensland Cowboys
The Northern Pride got back in the winners’ circle on the back of a strong performance by halfback Jake Clifford. He scored a try, ran for 107 metres, set up a try, kicked for 181 metres and made 8 tackles in the win. Wingers Murray Taulagi and Enari Tuala also scored tries, with Taulagi running for 64 metres and Tuala running for 59 metres, setting up a try and making 10 tackles. Emry Pere made a 40-minute cameo off the bench, running f0r 85 metres, breaking 2 tackles and making 20 tackles.

Kurt Wiltshire added another try to his 2018 tally in Mackay’s loss to Tweed Heads. He ran for 88 metres from 9 runs, broke 3 tackles and made 15 with just a single miss.

St George Illawarra Dragons
Hooker Reece Robson earned an NRL call-up after another strong performance in the Dragons’ 24-point loss to Penrith. He ran for 77 metres, broke 4 tackles and made 40 in an 80-minute performance. Five-eighth Tristan Sailor scored his first ISP try in the loss, adding 76 running metres and 19 tackles. Centre Matheson Johns ran for 105 metres from 10 runs and made 16 tackles, while second rower Jackson Ford made 78 metres and 46 tackles in 80 minutes. Utility Joe Lovodua came off the bench for 14 metres from 3 runs and 12 tackels in 24 minutes.

South Sydney Rabbitohs
The Rabbitohs young contingent were strong again in their 30-10 win over Newcastle. Earning an NRL recall, Campbell Graham scored a try and ran for 113 metres in the win. Winger Mawene Hiroti scored a try and ran for 174 metres from 10 runs. Halfback Dean Hawkins contributed 5 goals to the win and made 17 tackles. Ky Rodwell and Sam Johnstone both started in the front row, with Rodwell running for 68 metres in 35 minutes, while Johnstone scored a try and ran for 89 metres and added 29 tackles without a miss. Tarquinn Butler started at second row, adding 75 metres and 25 tackles in 68 minutes. Samoan-born second rower Lucky Taavale came off the bench, running for 60 metres and making 13 tackles without a miss in 27 minutes.

Two days after making his NRL debut on Anzac Day, second rower Joseph Vuna backed up to play the full 80 in the Warriors’ win over Newtown. He scored a try, ran for 67 metres and made 36 tackles in a great performance. Five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita kicked 4 goals in the win, running for 39 metres and making 13 tackles. Fullback Hayze Perham broke 3 tackles and ran for 52 metres, while winger Lewis Soosemea added 95 metres from 10 runs and broke 5 tackles in the win.

Wests Tigers
The Magpies went down to Wentworthville in Round 8 but it was a strong performance by centre Sam McIntyre. He ran for 137 metres from 15 runs, broke 3 tackles and made 9 with just 1 miss. Israel Seufale started his first game on the wing, running for 90 metres and breaking 2 tackles. Half Gus Garzaniti and prop Thomas Mikaele made their ISP debuts off the bench, with Garzaniti setting up his team’s lone try and making 12 tackles in 47 minutes, while Mikaele ran for 47 metre and made 16 tackles in 20 minutes.

Ipswich Jets
Five-eighth Julian Christian set up a try in Ipswich’s close win over Redcliffe. He added 65 metres, broke 3 tackles and made 6 with 2 misses.

Townsville Blackhawks
Winger Michael Carroll earned an ISC recall in Round 8, scoring a try and running for 111 metres in Townsville’s win over the Falcons. Hooker Brent Woolf came off the bench for 34-minute stint, completing 14 tackles.



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