2019 U20 Report – Round 3

Tom Dearden

Each week in the U20 Report we look at under-20 eligible players from your club who are currently playing in either the Intrust Super Cup (Queensland) or Canterbury Cup (New South Wales).

Brisbane Broncos
18-year old halfback Tom Dearden captured the headlines this weekend after a man of the match performance on debut for Wynnum Manly. The Mackay junior ran for 112 metres, broke five tackles and assisted a try in his side’s win over the Cutters. Another debutant, Fanitesi Niu, started a fullback in Souths Logan’s one-point loss to Redcliffe, running for 108 metres. Young bruisers Jordan Riki and Ethan Bullemor performed well in Norths loss to the Falcons, both running for over 90 metres.

  • Fanitesi Niu – 15 runs, 108m, 3 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error
  • Tom Dearden – 2 goals, 15 runs, 112m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 5 tackle breaks, 3 offloads, 15 tackles, 6 missed, 1 ineffective, 3 kicks, 24m, 1 forced drop out
  • Jordan Riki – 66 mins, 12 runs, 95m, 36 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 20 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 2 penalties conceded
  • Ethan Bullemor – 36 mins, 11 runs, 92m, 31 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 10 tackles, 0 missed

Canberra Raiders
Sebastian Kris was a solid performer once again for Mounties as they remain undefeated in 2019. The Tuggeranong junior set up a try and made 20 tackles in his side’s win.

  • Sebastian Kris – 8 runs, 81m, 32 post contact, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 20 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective

Canterbury Bulldogs
Tui Katoa scored a try and set up one with a piece of individual brilliance in the Bulldog’s win over the Magpies. After making a break from his own end, Katoa chipped the Wests fullback and threw an offload to Jesse Marschke while falling to the ground, who scored under the posts.

  • Tui Katoa – 1 try, 9 runs, 93m, 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 1 miss
  • James Roumanos – 24 mins, 6 runs, 45m, 7 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective

Cronulla Sharks
Ipswich junior Ronaldo Mulitalo was a standout in Newtown’s close loss to the Rabbitohs, running for 193 metres and breaking eight tackles.. In the first half he made a break which lead to a Siosifa Talakai try and 20 minutes later, scored himself in the corner.

  • Ronaldo Mulitalo – 1 try, 16 runs, 193m, 53 post contact, 2 line breaks, 8 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 3 tackles, 2 ineffective, 2 errors

Gold Coast Titans
Ioane Seiuli was the lone under-20s player for the Titans’ feeder clubs this weekend. He ran for 105 metres and set up a try in Tweed’s 14-point win over the Capras.

  • Ioane Seiuli – 9 runs, 105m, 33 post contact, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 4 tackle breaks, 1 tackle, 1 miss

Manly Sea Eagles
Centre Alfred Smalley picked up a double in Blacktown’s draw with the Warriors. His first try saw him break at least four tackles to score in the corner, his second he pounced on an error in the in-goal. Hooker Tyran Ott played 73 minutes in his second NSW Cup game, racking up 43 tackles with just two misses.

  • Alfred Smalley – 2 tries, 9 runs, 85m, 25 post contact, 1 line break, 8 tackle breaks, 10 tackles, 5 missed, 3 ineffective,
  • Tyran Ott – 73 mins, 7 runs, 41m, 1 offload, 43 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 2 kicks, 54m, 1 penalty conceded

Melbourne Storm
Five-eighth Cooper Johns set up two tries in the Sunshine Coast’s win over Norths, one with a deflected grubber that saw Sandor Earl score. Kayleb Milne had an 18-minute cameo off the bench, making 10 tackles. Second rower Kelma Tuilagi played 80 minutes in Easts win over the Hunters, running for 67 metres and making 20 tackles.

  • Kelma Tuilagi – 80 mins, 6 runs, 67m, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 20 tackles, 3 missed
  • Cooper Johns – 10 runs, 61m, 1 line break assist, 2 try assists, 2 tackle breaks, 22 tackles, 6 missed, 1 ineffective, 3 kicks, 64m
  • Kayleb Milne – 18 mins, 10 tackles, 0 missed, 1 penalty conceded

Newcastle Knights
The Knights suffered a big loss to the Mounties in Round 3 but saw some bright performances from their youngsters. Halfback Phoenix Crossland scored a try after taking an intercept and running 90 metres, while hooker Luke Huth made his first NSW Cup appearance for 2019, making 18 tackles in 22 minutes.

  • Tex Hoy – 13 runs, 89m, 23 post contact, 1 offload, 6 tackles, 2 missed, 2 kicks, 92m, 2 errors, 2 penalties conceded
  • Phoenix Crossland – 1 try, 4 runs, 104m, 1 tackle break, 21 tackles, 2 missed, 3 ineffective, 1 intercept, 4 kicks, 87m, 2 penalties conceded
  • Luke Huth – 22 mins, 18 tackles, 2 missed

North Queensland Cowboys
Cowboys middle forwards’ Peter Hola and Tom Gilbert continue to push for first grade spots after great performances again in Round 4. Hola ran for 165 metres and broke five tackles in the Pride’s loss to Ipswich, while Gilbert ran for 152 metres and made 33 tackles without a miss in Townsville’s win over Burleigh.

  • Peter Hola – 49 mins, 13 runs, 165m, 77 post contact, 5 tackle breaks, 3 offloads, 15 tackles, 4 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error
  • Logan Bayliss-Brow – 26 mins, 6 runs, 58m, 24 post contact, 15 tackles, 0 missed
  • Tom Gilbert – 55 mins, 14 runs, 152m, 52 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 33 tackles, 0 missed, 1 penalty conceded
  • Sam Murphy – 41 mins, 3 runs, 4m, 1 offload, 19 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error

Parramatta Eels
Wentworthville suffered a one-point loss to North Sydney in Round 3, with centre Ethan Parry contributing 130 metres from 11 runs.

  • Ethan Parry – 11 runs, 130m, 40 post contact, 1 tackle break, 6 tackles, 3 missed, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Mawene Hiroti scored the match winning try in South Sydney’s two-point win over Newtown on Sunday afternoon. With 20 seconds left, Souths kept it alive with three offloads before Hiroti crashed over in the corner. He added four goals and ran for 76 metres, breaking five tackles.

  • Mawene Hiroti – 1 try, 4 goals, 11 runs, 76m, 26 post contact, 1 line break, 5 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 5 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 intercept, 1 penalty conceded

St George Illawarra Dragons
Young centres Shaun Sauni-Esau and Steven Marsters both performed well in their side’s two point loss to Penrith on Saturday. Both ran for 77 metres, with Sauni-Esau making 15 tackles without a miss and Marsters making 12. Marsters set up his winger Lachlan Maranta for two of his three tries, one from a beautiful Gidley flick pass.

  • Shaun Sauni-Esau – 11 runs, 77m, 25 post contact, 15 tackles, 0 missed, 3 ineffective
  • Steven Marsters – 10 runs, 77m, 26 post contact, 2 line break assists, 2 try assists, 1 tackle break, 2 offloads, 12 tackles, 0 missed, 3 ineffective

Sydney Roosters
The Sydney Roosters’ young brigade stood up in Round 4 as they defeated Wentworthville by a point. Winger Asu Kepaoa was a standout again, running for 136 metres, while second rower Josh Curran ran for 93 metres and made 32 tackles in 55 minutes. Sam Verrills and Fletcher Baker both got through a mountain of work off the interchange, Verrills making 24 tackles and Baker making 32 and running for 64 metes.

  • Asu Kepaoa – 15 runs, 136m, 45 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 2 tackles, 0 missed, 1 penalty conceded
  • Josh Curran – 55 mins, 11 runs, 93m, 39 post contact, 1 tackle break, 32 tackles, 5 missed, 1 penalty conceded
  • Sam Verrills – 45 mins, 1 try, 3 runs, 26m, 1 line break, 1 tackle break, 24 tackles, 2 missed, 1 error
  • Fletcher Baker – 38 mins, 8 runs, 64m, 1 offload, 32 tackles, 5 missed, 1 error

Warriors
Hayze Perham returned to fullback in the Warriors’ draw with Blacktown, after starting the year at five-eighth. He ran for 108 metres and broke three tackles. Chanel Harris-Tavita kicked for 168 metres, forcing a dropout, and prop Tom Ale came off the bench for 44 metres and seven tackles in just 17 minutes.

  • Hayze Perham – 11 runs, 108m, 1 line break, 3 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, 4 tackles, 3 missed
  • Chanel Harris-Tavita – 1 goal, 20 tackles, 2 missed, 3 ineffective, 7 kicks, 168m, 1 forced drop out, 2 errors, 2 penalties conceded
  • Tom Ale – 17 mins, 4 runs, 44m, 3 tackle breaks, 7 tackles, 1 miss, 1 penalty conceded

Wests Tigers
Dylan Smith was solid at the back once again for the Tigers in their loss to the Bulldogs. The former Sharks lower grader ran for 116 metres, broke three tackles and made 11.

  • Dylan Smith – 11 runs, 116m, 38 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 11 tackles, 2 missed, 1 error
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