2019 U20 Report – Round 8/9

Cooper Johns (Photo: QRL Media)

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
It was a tough weekend for the Broncos’ youngsters, with none of their side’s winning in Round 9. Two of the standouts were Norths’ pair Herbie Farnworth, who scored a try and ran for 173 metres, and Ethan Bullemor, who ran for 104 metres and made 15 tackles off the bench.

  • Herbie Farnworth – 1 try, 17 runs, 173m, 49 post contact, 1 line break, 3 tackle breaks, 10 tackles, 0 missed
  • Ethan Bullemor – 37 mins, 9 runs, 104m, 50 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 15 tackles, 1 miss
  • Jordan Riki – 42 mins, 5 runs, 43m, 1 tackle break, 11 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error
  • Cory Paix – 9 runs, 66m, 1 tackle break, 6 tackles, 2 missed, 6 kicks, 206m, 1 penalty conceded
  • Fanitesi Niu – 9 runs, 72m, 32 post contact, 12 tackles, 1 miss, 3 ineffective
  • Tanah Boyd – 59 mins, 6 runs, 24m, 10 tackles, 4 missed, 2 ineffective, 9 kicks, 275m, 3 errors

Canberra Raiders
Mounties suffered their first defeat of 2019 in a shock loss to Penrith in Round 8. Centre Sebastian Kris ran for 73 metres, broke two tackles and made 10 with just one miss in the loss.

  • Sebastian Kris – 7 runs, 73m, 29 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 10 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective

Canterbury Bulldogs
Winger Tui Katoa and halfback Brandon Wakeham were big contributors in Canterbury’s big win over Blacktown. Katoa ran for a massive 180 metres and broke four tackles, while Wakeham set up two tries, three line breaks and kicked for 102 metres.

  • Tui Katoa – 14 runs, 180m, 75 post contact, 1 try assist, 4 tackle breaks, 7 tackles, 0 missed
  • Brandon Wakeham – 8 runs, 51m, 3 line break assists, 2 try assists, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 17 tackles, 3 missed, 7 kicks, 102m, 1 forced drop out

Cronulla Sharks
Newtown held on for a two-point win over South Sydney, snapping their two-game losing streak. Centre Ronaldo Mulitalo was strong again, scoring two tries, running for 92 metres and breaking four tackles. Teig Wilton played the full 80 at second row, making 30 tackles, while halfback Braydon Trindall kicked for 277 metres, forcing a drop out, and set up a try.

  • Ronaldo Mulitalo – 2 tries, 13 runs, 92m, 1 line break, 4 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 5 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Braydon Trindall – 5 goals, 6 runs, 22m, 1 try assist, 1 tackle breaks, 15 tackles, 4 missed, 13 kicks, 277m, 1 forced drop out
  • Teig Wilton – 80 mins, 10 runs, 95m, 39 post contact, 30 tackles, 1 miss
  • Cruz Topai-Aveai – 13 mins, 2 runs, 27m, 1 line break assist, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 6 tackles

Gold Coast Titans
Tweed were massive winners over Norths in Round 9, with centre Ioane Seiuli and Treymain Spry both causing trouble all game. Seiuli ran for 112 metres and assisted on a try, with Spry adding 121 metres and 13 tackles.

  • Ioane Seiuli – 11 runs, 112m, 58 post contact, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 10 tackles, 4 missed
  • Treymain Spry – 13 runs, 121m, 43 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 13 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error

Manly Sea Eagles
Winger Alfred Smalley scored his fourth try of the season in Blacktown’s 28-point loss to the Bulldogs. He added 120 run metres and two tackles, while hooker Tyran Ott set up a try and made 23 tackles in 38 minutes.

  • Alfred Smalley – 1 try, 8 runs, 102m, 30 post contact, 1 line break, 2 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 3 missed
  • Tyran Ott – 38 mins, 6 runs, 52m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 1 offload, 23 tackles, 3 missed, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded

Melbourne Storm
Sunshine Coast massacred Souths Logan on Sunday afternoon, running 68 point winners at Davies Park. Five-eighth Cooper John assisted on three of the Falcons’ 12 tries, while Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, who had just been selected for the Queensland Residents side, came off the bench for 115 metres and 14 tackles without a miss.

  • Cooper Johns – 8 runs, 39m, 3 line break assists, 3 try assists, 12 tackles, 0 missed, 2 ineffective, 3 kicks, 142m
  • Tino Fa’asuamaleaui – 40 mins, 11 runs, 115m, 38 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 14 tackles, 0 missed, 2 ineffective, 1 error

Newcastle Knights
Junior star Bradman Best made his Canterbury Cup debut in Newcastle’s 14-point loss to the Warriors in Auckland. Starting at centre, he ran for 74 metres and made eight tackles with just one miss.

  • Bradman Best – 8 runs, 74m, 26 post contact, 1 tackle break, 8 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
  • Phoenix Crossland – 4 runs, 22m, 21 tackles, 2 missed, 4 ineffective, 5 kicks, 131m, 1 error

North Queensland Cowboys
Tom Gilbert earned a Queensland Residents selection on the weekend and he showed why in Townsville’s win over the PNG Hunters, running for 158 metres. Lock Peter Hola ran for 117 metres and made 30 tackles in the Pride’s loss to Mackay, while winger Elijah Anderson ran for 44 metres in the Capras loss to Ipswich.

  • Peter Hola – 51 mins, 11 runs, 117m, 50 post contact, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 30 tackles, 2 missed, 1 penalty conceded
  • Tom Gilbert – 60 mins, 19 runs, 158m, 47 post contact, 5 tackle breaks, 26 tackles, 1 miss, 3 ineffective, 1 error
  • Elijah Anderson – 4 runs, 44m, 1 tackle, 1 miss, 1 ineffective

Parramatta Eels
Wentworthville were big winners over the Dragons in Round 8, with Haze Dunster and Ethan Parry crossing for tries. Dunster ran for 156 metres and broke eight tackles in his first Canterbury Cup appearance of 2019.

  • Haze Dunster – 1 try, 14 runs, 156m, 41 post contact, 1 line break, 8 tackle breaks, 5 tackles, 0 missed
  • Ethan Parry – 1 try, 10 runs, 90m, 33 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 2 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error

Penrith Panthers
A makeshift Panthers’ outfit pulled off a big upset defeating the previously undefeated Mounties on Sunday afternoon. Two players called up late were under-20 pair Brad Gaut and Adam Fearnley, who came off the bench after playing the day before in the Jersey Flegg.

  • Brad Gaut – 14 mins, 7 runs, 53m, 1 tackle break, 2 tackles, 0 missed,
  • Adam Fearnley – 33 mins, 5 runs, 41m, 3 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective, 2 kicks, 64m, 1 forced drop out

South Sydney Rabbitohs
Winger Mawene Hiroti was South Sydney’s star performer in their close loss to Newtown. He scored two tries, ran for 173 metres and broke eight tackles in the defeat. Five-eighth Dean Hawkins also crossed for a try, adding a try assist and kicking for 373 metres, forcing two drop outs.

  • Mawene Hiroti – 2 tries, 3 goals, 16 runs, 173m, 38 post contact, 1 line break, 8 tackle breaks, 3 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Dean Hawkins – 1 try, 15 runs, 97m, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 1 offload, 16 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 15 kicks, 373m, 2 forced drop outs, 1 error
  • Ky Rodwell – 20 mins, 5 runs, 38m, 8 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective

St George Illawarra Dragons
The Dragons went down by 16 points to Wentworthville in Round 8, although with solid performances by winger Jason Saab, who ran for 99 metres, and centre Steven Marsters, who ran for 73 metres and made seven tackles.

  • Jason Saab – 13 runs, 99m, 21 post contact, 1 tackle break, 2 tackles, 0 missed, 3 errors, 1 penalty conceded
  • Steven Marsters – 42 mins, 8 runs, 73m, 32 post contact, 1 tackle break, 7 tackles, 1 miss

Sydney Roosters
North Sydney bounced back from Round 8’s big loss with a strong 12-point win over Wests on Sunday afternoon. Josh Curran, recently selected in the NSW Residents side, ran for 117 metres and made 29 tackles in 57 minutes, while winger Asu Kepaoa ran for a massive 195 metres. Egan Butcher made his Canterbury Cup debut in the wing, scoring a try and making 44 tackles in 71 minutes.

  • Asu Kepaoa – 22 runs, 195m, 73 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 2 errors
  • Egan Butcher – 71 mins, 1 try, 4 runs, 40m, 1 line break, 1 tackle break, 44 tackles, 2 missed, 2 ineffective, 2 errors, 1 penalty conceded
  • Josh Curran – 57 mins, 14 runs, 117m, 37 post contact, 1 line break assist, 1 tackle break, 29 tackles, 1 miss, 3 ineffective, 3 errors
  • Sam Verrills – 35 mins, 4 runs, 42m, 24 tackles, 0 missed, 3 ineffective, 1 penalty conceded
  • Daniel Fifita – 20 mins, 3 runs, 30m, 21 tackles, 1 mis

Warriors
It was an impressive debut for fullback Paul Turner, who stepped up from the Jersey Flegg in the Warriors’ win over Newcastle, scoring a try and running for 106 metres. Prop Phillip Makatoa came off the bench to score a try and added 81 metres and 30 tackles with just one miss.

  • Paul Turner – 1 try, 14 runs, 106m, 21 post contact, 1 line break assist, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 4 tackles, 1 miss
  • Phillip Makatoa – 53 mins, 1 try, 9 runs, 81m, 29 post contact, 1 line break, 3 tackle breaks, 30 tackles, 1 miss, 2 ineffective

Wests Tigers
Lock Alex Seyfarth had a breakout performance in Wests 12-point loss to North Sydney, He played the full 80 minutes, running for 150 metres and making 45 tackles. Fullback Dylan Smith and winger Kane Bradley added plenty of metres for the Magpies, running for 128 and 149 metres respectively.

  • Dylan Smith – 14 runs, 128m, 44 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 5 tackles, 0 missed, 2 errors
  • Tommy Talau – 64 mins, 11 runs, 55m, 22 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 4 tackles, 1 miss, 1 error, 1 penalty conceded
  • Kane Bradley – 13 runs, 149m, 66 post contact, 1 tackle break, 3 tackles, 0 missed, 1 error
  • Alex Seyfarth – 80 mins, 18 runs, 150m, 71 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 45 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 error, 3 penalties conceded

Easts Tigers
Winger Tom Kenny scored his first Intrust Super Cup try in Easts’ 16-point loss to Wynnum Manly. He added 147 running metres and two tackle breaks.

  • Tom Kenny – 1 try, 9 runs, 147m, 2 tackle breaks, 4 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective, 1 error

Northern Pride
Second rower Ewan Moore made his ISC debut in the Northern Pride’s 16-point loss to Mackay. He played the full 80 minutes, running for 76 metres and made 35 tackles.

  • Ewan Moore – 80 mins, 8 runs, 76m, 32 post contact, 2 tackle breaks, 35 tackles, 5 missed, 2 ineffective

U20 Report Team of the Week
1 Paul Turner (Warriors)
2 Tui Katoa (Bulldogs)
3 Ethan Parry (Eels/Wentworthville)
4 Treymain Spry (Titans/Tweed Heads)
5 Herbie Farnworth (Broncos/Norths Devils)
6 Cooper Johns (Storm/Sunshine Coast)
7 Brandon Wakeham (Bulldogs)
8 Ethan Bullemor (Broncos/Norths Devils)
9 Tyran Ott (Sea Eagles/Blacktown)
10 Egan Butcher (Roosters/North Sydney)
11 Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (Storm/Sunshine Coast)
12 Josh Curran (Roosters/North Sydney)
13 Tom Gilbert (Cowboys/Townsville)

14 Asu Kepaoa (Roosters/North Sydney)
15 Mawene Hiroti (Rabbitohs)
16 Haze Dunster (Eels/Wentworthville)
17 Phillip Makatoa (Warriors)

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