Each week in the U20 Report we’ll be looking at under-20 eligible players from your club who are currently playing in either the Intrust Super Cup (Queensland) or Intrust Super Premiership (New South Wales).
It was a great ISC debut for Brisbane’s Kotoni Staggs, who scored twice in Redcliffe’s 36-20 over Wynnum Manly. A centre or back rower, Staggs added 109 run metres, 3 tackle breaks and 10 tackles. Wynnum pair Patrick Carrigan and Payne Haas both had solid outings, Carrigan scoring a try and running for 87 metres and Haas making 107 metres and 25 tackles.
There were three young Broncos involved in Norths 26-24 win over Souths Logan. Centre Gehemat Shibasaki made his first ISC appearance for Norths, running for 89 metres from 11 runs in just 33 minutes. Souths Logan fullback Corey Allan ran for 57 metres and broke 3 tackles, while prop Tom Flegler came off the bench for a 25 minute stint, making 64 metres from 4 runs and 14 tackles.
It was another start for Raiders’ forward Emre Guler, who started at lock in Mounties 34-22 loss to Canterbury. In 57 minutes, he ran for 65 metres and made 31 tackles.
Kyle Flanagan returned from an off-season injury and made his ISP debut in Newtown’s 28-16 loss to Blacktown. Starting at five-eighth, he set up a try, ran for 56 metres, kicked for 234 metres and made 14 tackles. Blayke Brailey started once again at hooker, playing 51 minutes and making 24 tackles.
Burleigh got the better of Tweed Heads in the local derby, in which three young Titans took part. Jai Whitbread came off the bench for Burleigh, scoring his first ISC try and running for 79 metres and making 15 tackles without miss. Moeaki Fotuaika was one of Tweed’s strongest in the loss, running for 124 metres and making 25 tackles in 54 minutes. Five-eighth AJ Brimson returned for Seagulls after 18th man duty for the Titans, he set up a try and made 23 tackles in the loss.
Sea Eagles’ hooker Manase Fainu backed up his strong Round 2 performance with another big game in Blacktown’s 28-16 win over Newtown. He played 80 minutes, running for 74 metres, setting up a try, breaking 4 tackles and making 32 tackles.
Sunshine Coast got revenge over the PNG Hunters in Round 3’s Grand Final rematch. Hooker Harry Grant played 64 minutes in the win, making 11 runs for 99 metres and 37 tackles without a miss. Prop Louis Geraghty came off the bench for a 50 minute stint, making 34 metres and 29 tackles without a miss.
Brodie Jones started at second row in the Knights’ first win of the season. He played 74 minutes, running for 87 metres and making 22 tackles in the 24-16 win over Wentworthville.
Cowboys’ halfback Jake Clifford proved to be instrumental in the Northern Pride’s first ever win over Townsville. The 2017 NYC Player of the Year scored 2 tries, ran for 83 metres, broke 6 tackles and kicked for 401 metres. Winger Murray Taulagi picked up another try in the win, and also ran for 79 metres. Enari Tuala ran for 79 metres from 10 runs and made 15 tackles without a miss, while prop Emry Pere came off the bench for a 36 minute stint in which he ran for 55 metres and made 25 tackles.
Kurt Wiltshire scored his 2nd try of the year in Mackay’s 18-16 win over Central Queensland. The Alpha product ran for 116 metres and broke 6 tackles in his 2nd ISC game.
St George Illawarra
Four junior Dragons took part in the side’s 22-4 win over North Sydney, including Fijian international Joe Lovodua, who moved up from Jersey Flegg. He made 16 tackles in his 31 minute stint off the bench. Second rower Jackson Ford continued his strong form, running for 125 metres from 13 runs, breaking 6 tackles and making 30. Centre Matheson Johns ran for 159 metres and broke 4 tackles in the win, while Reece Robson started again at hooker, running for 69 metres and making 28 tackles in 75 minutes.
Jersey Flegg hooker Josh Cook made his ISP debut in the Bears’ loss to St George Illawarra. The 19-year old played 80 minutes, racking up 42 tackles and 42 running metres. Dean Hawkins started at halfback after playing Flegg in Round 2. He made 89 metres from 9 runs and 20 tackles. Mawene Hiroti started on the wing, making 72 metres from 10 runs, breaking two tackles. Forwards Tarquinn Butler and Keaon Koloamatangi came off the bench, with Butler making 46 metres and 11 tackles in 21 minutes and Koloamatangi making 21 metres and 13 tackles in 19 minutes.
The Warriors under-20 trio continue to shine in the ISP, although they came up short to Penrith in Round 3. Fullback Hayze Perham looked strong again, running for 167 metres from 17 runs and breaking 3 tackles. Five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita set up a try, kicked for 46 metres and made 15 tackles in the two-point loss. Winger Lewis Soosemea ran for 113 metres from 8 runs.
Former Broncos NYC player Julian Christian has become a regular for the Jets in 2018, starting in all three of their games. He ran for 83 metres and made 14 tackles in their win over Easts.
Jake Tago made his second appearance for the Bears’ ISP side in their loss to the Dragons. Starting at centre, he ran for 108 metres and broke 3 tackles.
Hooker Brent Woolf made his ISC debut for the Blackhawks after two weeks in the Hastings Deering Colts. Coming off the interchange, he made 32 metres, 1 tackle break and 18 tackles with just 1 miss.