2019 U20 Report – Round 5/6

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
Herbie Farnworth contributed 10 points to Norths’ 17-point win over Ipswich in Round 6. The winger added 128 run metres and broke eight tackles in the win. Young forwards Ethan Bullemor and Jordan Riki both came off the bench with Bullemor running for 73 metres in 20 minutes. Fanitesi Niu started at centre in South Logans’ close win over the Pride, running for 112 metres and making 14 tackles, while halfback Tanah Boyd kicked for 291 metres.

  • Tom Dearden – 3 goals, 6 runs, 48m, 18 tackles, 1 miss, 6 kicks, 165m, 1 forced drop out, 2 errors
  • Cory Paix – 2 runs, 23m, 8 tackles, 4 missed, 1 ineffective, 5 kicks, 81m, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Fanitesi Niu – 13 runs, 112m, 34 post contact, 1 line break, 1 tackle break, 14 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
  • Tanah Boyd – 5 runs, 27m, 18 tackles, 2 missed, 2 ineffective, 13 kicks, 291m, 1 error
  • Herbie Farnworth – 1 try, 5 goals, 11 runs, 128m, 1 line break, 8 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 2 ineffective, 3 errors
  • Ethan Bullemor – 20 mins, 7 runs, 73m, 2 tackle breaks, 10 tackles, 1 missed
  • Jordan Riki – 19 mins, 3 runs, 42m, 9 tackles, 2 missed, 3 ineffective

Canberra Raiders
Mounties remain undefeated in 2019, with centre Sebastian Kris continuing to perform. He ran for 86 metres and made 15 tackles without miss in their win over Wentworthville.

  • Sebastian Kris – 7 runs, 86m, 44 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 15 tackles, 0 missed

Canterbury Bulldogs
Frank Kuresa was the lone under-20 in the Bulldogs’ side that lost to the Dragons in Round 6. He ran for 51 metres, breaking a tackle and making three.

  • Frank Kuresa – 5 runs, 51m, 18 post contact, 1 tackle break, 3 tackles, 1 miss

Cronulla Sharks
Newtown won their first game of 2019 with an impressive victory over the Bears and four under-20 players on show. Centre Ronaldo Mulitalo ran for 172 metres and broke a whopping nine tackles in the win. Forwards Cruz Topai-Aveai and Teig Wilton played their first Canterbury Cup games, with Topai-Aveai running for 48 metres and Wilton making 19 tackles.

  • Ronaldo Mulitalo – 12 runs, 172m, 57 post contact, 1 line break, 9 tackle breaks, 3 offloads, 14 tackles, 6 missed, 1 error
  • Braydon Trindall – 6 goals, 5 runs, 40m, 1 line break, 10 tackles, 3 missed, 11 kicks, 211m, 1 forced drop out, 1 error
  • Cruz Topai-Aveai – 29 mins, 5 runs, 48m, 1 line break assists, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 12 tackles, 1 miss, 3 ineffective
  • Teig Wilton – 56 mins, 6 runs, 60m, 2 tackle breaks, 19 tackles, 1 miss, 2 ineffective

Gold Coast Titans
Ioane Seiuli partnered Treymain Spry in centres for the first time in Tweed Heads win over Mackay. He ran for 130 metres from 13 runs, while Spry was involved in everything, scoring a try, running for 103 metres and grabbing a try assist.

  • Ioane Seiuli – 13 runs, 130m, 47 post contact, 1 tackle break, 14 tackles, 0 missed, 2 errors
  • Treymain Spry – 1 try, 11 runs, 103m, 20 post contact, 1 line break, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 6 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 4 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error

Manly Sea Eagles
Blacktown suffered a two-point loss to Newcastle in Round 5, with bright performances by centre Alfred Smalley and hooker Tyran Ott. Smalley ran for 122 metres and broke four tackles, while Ott played the full 80 minutes and made 38 tackles.

  • Alfred Smalley – 10 runs, 122m, 46 post contact, 4 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error
  • Tyran Ott – 80 mins, 4 runs, 30m, 38 tackles, 3 missed, 2 penalties conceded

Melbourne Storm
Melbourne’s feeder sides clashed in Round 6, with the ladder leading-Falcons dominating Easts 30-6. Five-eighth Cooper Johns set up a try and made 23 tackles, while bench forward Tino Fa’asuamaleaui ran for 120 metres and made 28 tackles without a miss in 53 minutes. Kelma Tuilagi played 80 minutes for Easts, running for 71 metres and making 21 tackles.

  • Cooper Johns – 8 runs, 69m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 23 tackles, 2 missed, 2 kicks, 52m
  • Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – 53 mins, 12 runs, 120m, 43 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 28 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error, 3 penalties conceded
  • Kelma Tuilagi – 80 mins, 10 runs, 71m, 28 post contact, 1 offload, 21 tackles, 4 missed, 1 ineffective, 2 errors

Newcastle Knights
Newcastle picked up their first win since Round 1 with a close victory over Blacktown. Halfback Phoenix Crossland made 22 tackles and kicked for 374 metres.

  • Phoenix Crossland – 3 runs, 20m, 22 tackles, 4 missed, 13 kicks, 374m

North Queensland Cowboys
Murray Taulagi and Tom Gilbert were try scorers in Townsville’s big win over Redcliffe. Taulagi added 97 metres, while Gilbert recorded 133 metres and 23 tackles. Prop Wiremu Greig made his Intrust Super Cup debut in the victory, running for 104 metres off the bench. Lock Peter Hola ran for 85 metres and made 17 tackles without miss in the Pride’s loss to Souths Logan.

  • Murray Taulagi – 1 try, 10 runs, 97m, 39 post contact, 1 line break, 1 tackle break, 2 tackles, 1 miss, 2 errors
  • Tom Gilbert – 1 try, 49 mins, 16 runs, 133m, 56 post contact, 1 line break, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 23 tackles, 1 miss
  • Wiremu Greig – 26 mins, 11 runs, 104m, 42 post contact, 1 tackle break, 12 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
  • Peter Hola – 42 mins, 9 runs, 85m, 36 post contact, 1 tackle break, 17 tackles, 0 missed, 2 errors

Parramatta Eels
Prop Oregon Kaufusi crossed for a try in Wentworthville’s 16-point loss to Mounties. In 50 minutes, he ran for 84 metres and made 19 tackles. Centre Ethan Parry made 60 metres from sevens runs and added seven tackles.

  • Ethan Parry – 7 runs, 60m, 20 post contact, 7 tackles, 4 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error
  • Oregon Kaufusi – 50 minutes, 1 try, 8 runs, 84m, 36 post contact, 2 offloads, 19 tackles, 6 missed, 4 ineffective

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Five-eighth Dean Hawkins played his first Canterbury Cup game of 2019, kicking for a massive 531 metres and forcing two drop outs in South Sydney’s win over the Warriors. Winger Mawene Hiroti scored a try and kicked three goals, while lock Ky Rodwell ran for 84 metres and made 22 tackles in 50 minutes.

  • Mawene Hiroti – 1 try, 3 goals, 12 runs, 115m, 49 post contact, 2 line breaks, 1 tackle break, 13 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error
  • Dean Hawkins – 6 runs, 34m, 1 tackle break, 15 tackles, 4 missed, 7 ineffective, 15 kicks, 531m, 2 forced drop outs, 1 error
  • Ky Rodwell – 50 mins, 10 runs, 84m, 28 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 22 tackles, 2 missed, 3 ineffective, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded

St George Illawarra Dragons
Dragons centres Shaun Sauni-Esau and Steven Marsters exploded in their 14-point win over the Bulldogs. Sauni-Esau scored two tries, ran for 137 metres and made seven tackle breaks, while Marsters ran for 175 metres and broke five tackles. Prop Eddie Blacker returned to Canterbury Cup on the bench, running for 85 metres and making 13 tackles.

  • Shaun Sauni-Esau – 77 mins, 2 tries, 14 runs, 137m, 43 post contact, 3 line breaks, 7 tackle breaks, 20 tackles, 1 ineffective, 2 errors
  • Steven Marsters – 11 runs, 175m, 45 post contact, 1 line break, 5 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 12 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
  • Eddie Blacker – 28 mins, 8 runs, 85m, 29 post contact, 13 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error

Sydney Roosters
Fletcher Baker got through a mountain of work in North Sydney’s close loss to Newtown. Coming off the bench, he ran for 166 metres and made 13 tackles in 61 minutes. Winger Asu Kepaoa ran for 142 metres and broke five tackles, while lock Josh Curran made 29 tackles in 44 minutes.

  • Asu Kepaoa – 13 runs, 124m, 42 post contact, 5 tackle breaks, 2 tackles, 0 missed, 3 errors
  • Josh Curran – 44 mins, 4 runs, 26m, 29 tackles, 3 missed, 1 error
  • Fletcher Baker – 61 mins, 15 runs, 166m, 44 post contact, 1 offload, 31 tackles, 3 missed

Warriors
Fullback Hayze Perham had a hand in everything for the Warriors in their loss to South Sydney. He scored a try, ran for 156 metres, broke four tackles and forced a drop out. Hooker Sean Mullany made his Canterbury Cup debut after starting the season in Jersey Flegg. The former Junior Kiwi made 17 tackles in 26 minutes.

  • Hayze Perham – 1 try, 23 runs, 156m, 20 post contact, 1 line break, 4 tackle breaks, 3 offloads, 11 tackles, 1 miss, 1 kick, 30m, 1 forced drop out, 1 error
  • Edward Kosi – 34 mins, 9 runs, 79m, 3 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error
  • Sean Mullany – 26 mins, 4 runs, 24m, 17 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 error

Wests Tigers
Wests snapped a two-game losing streak with a big win over Penrith in Round 5. Two of their development players, centre Tommy Talau and winger Kane Bradley, made their Canterbury Cup debuts, with Bradley scoring a try and running for 126 metres. Dylan Smith was strong again at fullback, scoring a try and running 157 metres, breaking four tackles.

  • Dylan Smith – 1 try, 11 runs, 157m, 37 post contact, 4 tackle breaks, 4 tackles, 2 missed
  • Tommy Talau – 66 mins, 14 runs, 99m, 39 post contact, 16 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error
  • Kane Bradley – 1 try, 12 runs, 126m, 35 post contact, 1 line break, 1 tackle break, 1 tackle, 0 miss
  • Alex Seyfarth – 34 mins, 6 runs, 48m, 21 tackles, 2 missed, 2 ineffective, 2 penalties conceded
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