2019 U20 Report – Round 7/8

Ethan Bullemor

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
Prop Ethan Bullemor continued his try scoring form in Norths’ win over the Pride at Suncorp Stadium. On top of scoring, he added 113 run metres and 20 tackles. Jordan Riki came off the bench for 74 metres and 19 tackles in 63 minutes. Souths Logan went down to Wynnum Manly but two of their top performers were Fanitesi Niu and Tanah Boyd. Niu scored a try, set up another and ran for 135 metres, while Boyd set up two tries and kicked for 208 metres.

  • Cory Paix – 3 runs, 7m, 1 offload, 9 tackles, 3 missed, 2 ineffective, 4 kicks, 77m, 1 forced drop out
  • Ethan Bullemor – 51 mins, 1 try, 10 runs, 113m, 27 post contact, 1 line break, 5 tackle breaks, 20 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error
  • Jordan Riki – 63 mins, 8 runs, 74m, 33 post contact, 1 line break assist, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 19 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Fanitesi Niu – 1 try, 11 runs, 135m, 26 post contact, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 4 tackle breaks, 21 tackles, 4 missed, 1 ineffective, 2 errors
  • Tanah Boyd – 5 runs, 40m, 1 line break assist, 2 try assists, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 17 tackles, 3 missed, 6 kicks, 208m, 1 error

Canterbury Bulldogs
Halfback Brandon Wakeham played his first game of 2019 in the Bulldogs’ eight-point win over the Warriors. He set up a try and made 19 tackles with just one miss. Winger Tui Katoa also returned in Round 7, scoring a try, running for 138 metres and breaking five tackles.

  • Tui Katoa – 1 try, 10 runs, 138m, 40 post contact, 1 line break, 4 tackle breaks, 5 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
  • Brandon Wakeham – 4 runs, 20m, 1 line break, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 19 tackles, 1 miss, 2 ineffective, 8 kicks, 259m

Cronulla Sharks
Last placed Newtown suffered their six loss of the season in Round 7, going down by 10 to Wests. Second rower Teig Wilton had his strongest game for the Jets so far, playing the full 80 minutes, running for 100 metres, assisting a try and making 37 tackles.

  • Braydon Trindall – 3 goals, 6 runs, 25m, 11 tackles, 5 missed, 15 kicks, 444m, 1 penalty conceded
  • Cruz Topai-Aveai – 33 mins, 2 runs, 24m, 1 tackle break, 17 tackles, 4 missed, 2 penalties conceded
  • Teig Wilton – 80 mins, 10 runs, 100m, 1 line break, 1 try assist, 1 offload, 37 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective

Gold Coast Titans
Treymain Spry was a try scorer in Tweed Head’s eight-point win over Ipswich in Round 8. He added 84 metres and two tackle breaks, while his centre partner, Ioane Seiuli, ran for 78 metres and had a line break,

  • Ioane Seiuli – 6 runs, 78m, 35 post contact, 1 line break, 1 offload, 3 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
  • Treymain Spry – 1 try, 8 runs, 84m, 25 post contact, 1 line break assist, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 3 tackles, 4 missed

Manly Sea Eagles
Blacktown were put to the sword by Mounties in Round 7, losing by 22 points. Hooker Tyran Ott played 56 minutes, setting up a try, and defending well once again, making 30 tackles with just one miss. Winger Alfred Smalley made 94 metres and broke two tackles.

  • Alfred Smalley – 11 runs, 94m, 43 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
  • Tyran Ott – 56 mins, 3 runs, 6m, 2 line break assists, 1 try assist, 1 offload, 30 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 error

Melbourne Storm
Sunshine Coast remain undefeated in 2019 after a 20-point win over Mackay. Five-eighth Cooper Johns set up one of the Falcons’ five tries, while Tino Fa’asuamaleaui ran for 124 metres and broke four tackles after coming off the bench. Easts defeated Redcliffe, with second rower Kelma Tuilagi scoring a try and running for 100 metres in 30 minutes of action. Tigers’ Colts centre Tom Kenny made another appearance, running for 62 metres and making three tackles without miss.

  • Tom Kenny – 10 runs, 62m, 3 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective, 2 errors
  • Kelma Tuilagi – 51 mins, 1 try, 11 runs, 100m, 49 post contact, 1 line break, 3 tackle breaks, 2 offloads, 30 tackles, 2 missed, 2 ineffective
  • Cooper Johns – 66 mins, 3 runs, 10m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 17 tackles, 0 missed, 3 kicks, 55m, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – 42 mins, 1 try, 13 runs, 124m, 44 post contact, 1 line break, 4 tackle breaks, 15 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded

Newcastle Knights
The Knights got back in the winner’s circle in Round 7, with a tight four-point win over Wentworthville. Halfback Phoenix Crossland was one of their try scorers, setting up another and kicking for 253 metres, forcing a drop out.

  • Phoenix Crossland – 1 try, 7 runs, 39m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 18 tackles, 5 missed, 3 ineffective, 9 kicks, 253m, 1 forced drop out

North Queensland Cowboys
Townsville were 36-point winners over the Capras in Round 8, with winger Murray Taulagi running for 97 metres and breaking three tackles. Lock Tom Gilbert was subbed off after just 18 minutes, although he still made 32 metres from three runs and 11 tackles without a miss. In the Pride’s loss to the Devils, Peter Hola ran for 87 metres and made 13 tackles in 55 minutes of playing time.

  • Murray Taulagi – 7 runs, 97m, 25 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 6 tackles, 0 missed
  • Tom Gilbert – 18 mins, 3 runs, 32m, 11 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Elijah Anderson – 9 runs, 51m, 3 tackles, 0 missed, 2 errors
  • Peter Hola – 55 mins, 8 runs, 87m, 39 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 13 tackles, 1 miss

Parramatta Eels
Ethan Parry scored his first try of the season in Wentworthville’s loss to Newcastle. The centre ran for 123 metres, broke three tackles and had a line break. Haze Dunster was named on the bench but did not play

  • Ethan Parry – 1 try, 10 runs, 123m, 22 post contact, 1 line break, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 2 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error

Penrith Panthers
Penrith appear in our U20 Report for the first time in 2019 after three under-20s played in their two-point win over South Sydney. Prop Spencer Leniu ran for 100 metres from 10 runs in 59 minutes, while second rower Shawn Blore played 44 minutes, making 19 tackles without a miss. Daine Laurie started at five-eighth but came off after 25 minutes for a HIA and did not return.

  • Daine Laurie – 25 mins, 6 runs, 54m, 3 tackle breaks, 10 tackles, 2 missed, 1 error
  • Spencer Leniu – 59 mins, 10 runs, 100m, 46 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 23 tackles, 7 missed, 1 ineffective
  • Shawn Blore – 44 mins, 7 runs, 63m, 24 post contact, 19 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Mawene Hiroti and Dean Hawkins both ran for over 100 metres in South Sydney’s close loss to Penrith in Round 7. Hiroti crossed for a try and made seven tackles without a miss, while Hawkins made 18 tackles and kicked for a massive 380 metres.

  • Mawene Hiroti – 1 try, 3 goals, 17 runs, 122m, 40 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 7 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Dean Hawkins – 10 runs, 118m, 5 tackle breaks, 18 tackles, 1 miss, 2 ineffective, 12 kicks, 380m, 1 error

St George Illawarra Dragons
Winger Jason Saab made his Canterbury Cup debut in the Dragons’ big win over North Sydney. Stepping up from the Jersey Flegg, he impressed, scoring twice and running for 163 metres. Centre Shaun Sauni-Esau ran for 45 metres and made 11 tackles with no misses.

  • Jason Saab – 2 tries, 18 runs, 163m, 53 post contact, 2 line breaks, 1 tackle break, 6 tackles, 3 missed, 1 error
  • Shaun Sauni-Esau – 4 runs, 45m, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 11 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective

Sydney Roosters
The Roosters had a number of under-20s in action once again in Round 7, as the Bears went down big to the Dragons. Josh Curran returned after his NRL debut last week, playing the full 80 minutes, running for 109 metres and setting up a try. Winger Asu Kepaoa ran for 111 metres and broke five tackles, while Lupe Tivalu made his Canterbury Cup debut, running for 66 metres off the bench.

  • Asu Kepaoa – 12 runs, 111m, 47 post contact, 5 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 1 miss
  • Josh Curran – 80 mins, 13 runs, 109m, 36 post contact, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 31 tackles, 8 missed
  • Fletcher Baker – 24 mins, 1 try, 4 runs, 35m, 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, 14 tackles, 1 miss
  • Daniel Fifita – 31 mins, 6 runs, 58m, 23 post contact, 13 tackles, 5 missed, 2 ineffective
  • Lupe Tivalu – 36 mins, 5 runs, 66m, 2 tackle breaks, 12 tackles, 5 missed, 3 ineffective

Warriors
Prop Phillip Makatoa returned to the Canterbury Cup in the Warriors’ loss to the Bulldogs after spending the last few weeks in the Jersey Flegg. He ran for 95 metres and made 19 tackles in 53 minutes off the interchange.

  • Phillip Makatoa – 53 mins, 7 runs, 95m, 29 post contact, 1 offload, 19 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 penalty conceded

Wests Tigers
Three of the Tigers’ under-20 contingent ran for over 100 metres in the Magpies’ 10-point win over Newtown. Fullback Dylan Smith was everywhere, scoring a try, running for 150 metres, setting up a try and breaking six tackles. Centre Tommy Talau ran for 112 metres and made six tackles, while winger Kane Bradley ran for a massive 155 metres from 19 runs and broke five tackles. Prop Henry Lealuga-Puhotau made his Canterbury Cup debut, running for 48 metres off the bench.

  • Dylan Smith – 1 try, 18 runs, 150m, 45 post contact, 1 line breaks, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 6 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 3 tackles, 2 missed
  • Tommy Talau – 13 runs, 112m, 39 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 6 tackles, 2 missed
  • Kane Bradley – 19 runs, 155m, 50 post contact, 2 line breaks, 5 tackle breaks, 2 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error
  • Henry Lealuga-Puhotau – 16 mins, 5 runs, 48m, 1 offload, 4 tackles, 1 miss
  • Alex Seyfarth – 36 mins, 3 runs, 24m, 2 tackle breaks, 26 tackles, 1 miss
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2 thoughts on “2019 U20 Report – Round 7/8

  1. Any thoughts on the most NRL-ready rookies from your writeups? I’d love to know which 5 or so players to keep an eye on over the next year or so.

    1. Three young forwards to watch out for are Ethan Bullemor, Tom Gilbert and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui. In the backs, Dylan Smith, Asu Kepaoa and Murray Taulagi. In the halves, Tanah Boyd, Tom Dearden (who looks set to debut this weekend), Phoenix Crossland and Brandon Wakeham.

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