2019 U20 Report – Round 4

Josh Curran

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
English winger Herbie Farnworth returned strongly after a three week absence in Norths’ big win over the Hunters. He scored a try, kicked 3 goals, ran for 131 metres and broke seven tackles. 18-year old Tom Dearden backed up his great debut with a try assist, a forced drop out and 16 tackles in Wynnum’s win over Tweed. Cory Paix played his first game since Round 2, kicking for 117 metres and making 11 tackles in Redcliffe’s loss to Ipswich.

  • Cory Paix – 8 runs, 45m, 11 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 5 kicks, 117m, 2 errors, 1 penalty conceded
  • Herbie Farnworth – 1 try, 3 goals, 14 runs, 131m, 38 post contact, 1 line break, 7 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 2 tackles, 1 ineffective, 2 errors
  • Ethan Bullemor – 18 mins, 5 runs, 47m, 17 post contact, 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, 10 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error
  • Tom Dearden – 4 goals, 7 runs, 42m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 16 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 7 kicks, 161m, 1 forced drop out, 1 error

Canberra Raiders
Centre Sebastian Kris continues to perform for Canberra’s feeder side Mounties. In Round 4, he ran for 91 metres, set up a try and broke three tackles in their huge win over Western Suburbs.

  • Sebastian Kris – 9 runs, 91m, 32 post contact, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 3 tackle breaks, 11 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error

Canterbury Bulldogs
Winger Frank Kuresa and halfback Alex Seve made their Canterbury Cup debuts in the Bulldog’s disappointing loss to the Bears. Kuresa, an Ipswich junior, ran for 108 metres and broke five tackles, while Seve made 23 tackles, missing just one. James Roumanos came off the bench once again, adding 42 metres and 12 tackles in 29 minutes.

  • Frank Kuresa – 13 runs, 108m, 40 post contact, 5 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, 5 tackles, 2 missed
  • Alex Seve – 7 runs, 35m, 23 tackles, 1 miss, 1 kick, 21m
  • James Roumanos – 29 mins, 5 runs, 42m, 1 offload, 12 tackles, 1 miss

Cronulla Sharks
It was another tough day at the office for Newtown, as they suffered their fourth straight loss to start 2019. Halfback Braydon Trindall returned to the side, kicking a goal, while Ronaldo Mulitalo ran for 84 metres and made 10 tackles.

  • Ronaldo Mulitalo – 7 runs, 84m, 34 post contact, 10 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 4 errors, 1 penalty conceded
  • Braydon Trindall – 1 goal, 7 runs, 38m, 1 tackle break, 12 tackles, 1 miss, 8 kicks, 188m, 1 forced drop out, 1 error

Gold Coast Titans
Treymain Spry returned to Tweed’s lineup after a week off, scoring his side’s only try and running for 115 metres in a big loss to Wynnum. Winger Ioane Seiuli made 94 metres from 12 runs and 15 tackles, with just one miss.

  • Treyamin Spry – 1 try, 7 runs, 115m, 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, 1 tackle, 1 miss, 2 errors
  • Ioane Seiuli – 12 runs, 94m, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 15 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error

Manly Sea Eagles
Alfred Smalley was a try scorer in Blacktown’s first win of the season, adding 110 metres and three tackle breaks. Hooker Tyran Ott continues to handle his move up to the Canterbury Cup with ease, recording 46 tackles, with just one miss, in 67 minutes.

  • Alfred Smalley – 1 try, 9 runs, 110m, 48 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 1 tackle, 3 errors
  • Tyran Ott – 67 mins, 7 runs, 57m, 46 tackles, 1 miss, 2 kicks, 21m, 1 penalty conceded

Melbourne Storm
Tino Fa’asuamaleaui played his first game of the season in the Sunshine Coast’s huge win over the Pride. Coming off the bench, he ran for 136 metres and made nine tackles in 35 minutes. Second rower Kelma Tuilagi played 80 minutes in Easts’ win over the Capras, running for 93 metres and making 11 tackles. Tom Kenny, an Easts U20 player, made his Intrust Super Cup debut, running for 54 metres and making nine tackles.

  • Cooper Johns – 6 runs, 53m, 1 tackle break, 16 tackles, 0 missed, 3 kicks, 55m, 1 forced drop out, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – 35 mins, 11 runs, 136m, 55 post contact, 1 offload, 9 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 penalty conceded
  • Kelma Tuilagi – 80 mins, 10 runs, 93m, 35 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 11 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective
  • Tom Kenny – 5 runs, 54m, 9 tackles, 2 missed, 2 ineffective

Newcastle Knights
Newcastle suffered their third straight defeat in Round 4, losing by 18 points to the Dragons. Fullback Tex Hoy ran for 69 metres, broke four tackles and made six without miss, while halfback Phoenix Crossland kicked for 153 metres.

  • Tex Hoy – 12 runs, 69m, 4 tackle breaks, 6 tackles, 0 missed, 3 errors
  • Phoenix Crossland – 2 runs, 17m, 25 tackles, 7 missed, 7 kicks, 153m, 1 penalty conceded

North Queensland Cowboys
Winger Murray Taulagi returned from injury in Townsville’s loss to Mackay. The Junior Kangaroos representative ran for 105 metres and broke two tackles. 18-year old lock Tom Gilbert continued his strong form, running for 127 metres and making 38 tackles. The Pride were demolished by the Falcons but Peter Hola can hold his head high, running for 92 metres and making 39 tackles with only one miss in 64 minutes.

  • Murray Taulagi – 10 runs, 105m, 42 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 1 missed, 1 ineffetive, 2 errors
  • Tom Gilbert – 62 mins, 13 runs, 127m, 50 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 38 tackles, 8 missed, 2 ineffective
  • Sam Murphy – 38 mins, 7 runs, 37m, 2 offloads, 16 tackles, 3 missed, 1 error
  • Peter Hola – 64 mins, 10 runs, 92m, 34 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 39 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error

Parramatta Eels
Centre Ethan Parry was a strong performer once again for Parramatta’s feeder side Wentworthville, running for 94 metres and making five tackles with zero misses in their big win over Newtown.

  • Ethan Parry – 8 runs, 94m, 2 tackle breaks, 5 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Winger Mawene Hiroti kicked two goals in South Sydney’s first loss of the season. The Junior Kiwi representative made 90 metres from nine runs and made 12 tackles.

  • Mawene Hiroti – 2 goals, 9 runs, 90m, 2 tackle breaks, 12 tackles, 2 missed, 2 errors

St George Illawarra Dragons
The Dragons ran out 18 point winners over Newcastle on Sunday afternoon, with Shaun Sauni-Esau making nine tackles with no misses and Steven Marsters running for 37 metres from six runs.

  • Shaun Sauni-Esau – 5 runs, 50m, 9 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error
  • Steven Marsters – 6 runs, 37m, 1 tackle break, 6 tackles, 6 missed, 1 penalty conceded

Sydney Roosters
The Bears ran riot over the Bulldogs in Round 4, with their under-20s players all contributing. Winger Asu Kepaoa continues to pile up metres, running for 248 from 23 runs. Second rower Josh Curran ran for 103 metres and made 25 tackles in 59 minutes, while interchange forward Fletcher Baker made 128 metres and 28 tackles in 38 minutes. Bench hooker Sam Verrills added 20 tackles, with just one miss in 34 minutes.

  • Asu Kepaoa – 23 runs, 248m, 79 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 2 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error
  • Josh Curran – 59 mins, 9 runs, 103m, 37 post contact, 1 offload, 25 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Sam Verrills – 34 mins, 3 runs, 38m, 1 offload, 20 tackles, 1 miss, 2 ineffective
  • Fletcher Baker – 38 mins, 1 try, 10 runs, 128m, 43 post contact, 1 tackle break, 28 tackles, 4 missed, 2 ineffective

Warriors
The Warriors won their first game of 2019 in Round 4 and handed Penrith their first loss. Fullback Hayze Perham was on fire, running for 142 metres, setting up a try and two line breaks and breaking six tackles. Prop Phillip Makatoa came off the bench for 52 metres from six runs and making 14 tackles in 35 minutes.

  • Hayze Perham – 19 runs, 142m, 2 line break assists, 1 try assist, 6 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 1 tackle, 1 error
  • Phillip Makatoa – 35 mins, 6 runs, 52m, 14 tackles, 4 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 penalty conceded

Wests Tigers
Fullback Dylan Smith set up the Magpies only try in their 46-point loss to Mounties. He also ran for 93 metres from 11 runs and broke two tackles.

  • Dylan Smith – 11 runs, 93m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 4 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error
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