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). This week, with both competitions on break, we look at how under-20 eligible players performed in the Representative Round.
St George Illawarra’s Steven Marsters kicked nine goals from 12 attempts in his international debut for the Cook Islands in their win over South Africa. Warriors’ Jersey Flegg duo Kayal Iro, who started at fullback, and Brody Tamarua, who came off the bench, also made their debuts in the 60-point victory. The Kukis will now play the United States later this year for a spot in the 2021 World Cup.
Keegan Turner, who plays for Manly’s Jersey Flegg side, was South Africa’s lone try scorer in their 66-6 loss to the Cook Islands. He started on the wing, while West Coast Pirates’ SG Ball player Willem Smith started at fullback in what his third game for the Rhinos.
Canterbury’s Brandon Wakeham had a debut to remember in Fiji’s dominant 44-point win over Lebanon at Leichhardt Oval. The 20-year old scored a try, kicked eight goals and set up two tries in the victory.
- Brandon Wakeham – 1 try, 8 goals, 7 runs, 50m, 3 line break assists, 2 try assists, 14 tackles, 0 missed, 3 ineffective, 8 kicks, 189m, 2 errors
Four under-20s made their international debuts for Lebanon in their loss to Fiji. Burleigh’s Allan Lockwood started at centre and ran for 86 metres, breaking four tackles. Bulldogs’ lock James Roumanos started the game, running for 53 metres and making 23 tackles in 45 minutes, while Dragons’ Jersey Flegg prop Jalal Bazzaz came off the bench for 19 tackles and in 41 minutes. 17-year old Jacob Kiraz, a Dragons’ SG Ball player who recently signed for the North Queensland Cowboys, set up a try with his second touch of the ball.
- Allan Lockwood – 10 runs, 86m, 4 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 22 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error
- James Roumanos – 45 mins, 6 runs, 53m, 23 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error
- Jacob Kiraz – 20 mins, 3 runs, 17m, 1 line break assist, 1 try assist, 1 tackle break, 4 tackles, 0 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 error
- Jalal Bazzaz – 41 mins, 5 runs, 32m, 1 tackle break, 19 tackles, 3 missed, 1 ineffective, 1 penalty conceded
Papua New Guinea
Wynnum Manly’s Edwin Ipape started at five-eighth in his international debut for Papua New Guinea, running for 133 metres, breaking three tackles, and forcing a drop out. 18-year old Broncos’ contracted centre Xavier Coates was also on debut, running for 72 metres, breaking three tackles and making 14 for just one miss in 67 minutes.
- Xavier Coates – 67 mins, 11 runs, 72m, 22 post contact, 3 tackle breaks, 14 tackles, 1 miss, 1 ineffective
- Edwin Ipape – 12 runs, 133m, 3 tackle breaks, 1 offload, 14 tackles, 4 missed, 3 kicks, 58m, 1 forced drop out, 2 errors
Chanel Harris-Tavita scored a spectacular solo try in Samoa’s win over Papua New Guinea. The debutant regathered his own field goal attempt after it hit the left upright and bounced into the in-goal. He added 65 kick metres and forced two drop outs in the win.
- Chanel Harris-Tavita – 1 try, 6 runs, 36m, 16 tackles, 1 miss, 5 kicks, 65m, 2 forced drop outs, 2 errors, 2 penalties conceded
David Fifita didn’t have quite the same impact off the bench in Perth as he did in Game 1, as Queensland’s forward pack were dominated by New South Wales. He only ran for 46 metres in 35 minutes but was solid defensively, making 22 tackles with just one miss.
- David Fifita – 35 mins, 6 runs, 46m, 22 tackles, 1 miss