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).
Several young Broncos were involved in a rare NRL curtain raiser at Suncorp Stadium which saw Wynnum Manly defeat Norths. For Wynnum, Patrick Carrigan started at second row, making 97 metres and 26 tackles in 57 minutes, while Payne Haas continued his strong form off the bench with 120 metres and 18 tackles without miss in 42 minutes. Young Colts’ centre Eddie Burns moved up to the ISC, running for 101 metres from 11 runs. Gehamat Shibasaki made his Cup debut for Norths, the Townsville junior ran for 150 metres and broke 8 tackles in his side’s loss.
Corey Allan had a bright performance in Souths Logan’s loss to Burleigh, the fullback scored a try, made 2 line breaks and ran for 122 metres. The same can’t be said for prop Tom Flegler, who was sent off for a shoulder charge just 7 minutes after coming onto the field.
It was another impressive outing for Kotoni Staggs in his second ISC game. Playing 80 minutes at second row, he scored a try, set up another, ran for 89 metres and kicked 7 goals in Redcliffe’s win over Townsville.
Mounties handed Blacktown their first loss of the season, with Emre Guler starting at lock once again. He had a strong performance in the win, making 128 metres and 27 tackles in 60 minutes.
The Jets scored a big win over Penrith and two junior Sharks were in the thick of it. Halfback Kyle Flanagan was impressive with the boot, kicking 6 goals and tallying 315 kick metres, while hooker Blayke Brailey played the full 80, running for 42 metres and making 29 tackles.
Burleigh continued their strong start to 2018 with a 12-point win over Souths Logan. Jai Whitbread came off the bench for a 34 minute stint, running for 77 metres and making 13 tackles.
It was a tough day for Tweed Heads in Papua New Guinea, as they went down to the Hunters and remain winless. Five-eighth AJ Brimson ran for 56 metre and broke 4 tackles before coming off under HIA in the 67th minute. Prop Moeaki Fotuaika had a solid afternoon, scoring a try, running for 87 metres, breaking 5 tackles and making 22 without miss in 57 minutes.
Blacktown suffered their first loss of the season but it was another outing for hooker Manase Fainu. He played the entire 80, in which he ran for 61 metres, broke 5 tackles, kicked for 215 metres and made 35 tackles.
The Storm’s feeder sides faced off at Suzuki Stadium in Round 4 with Easts defeating the Sunshine Coast 38-8. Falcons’ hooker Harry Grant played 74 minutes at hooker, scoring a try, running for 47 metres and making 45 tackles. Prop Louis Geraghty came off the bench for a 37-minute stint, making 14 tackles without miss.
The Thunderbolts Colts side had a bye in Round 4, so Kelma Tuilagi (Easts) and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui (Sunshine Coast) were moved up to the ISC to make their debuts. Both players came off the interchange, with Tuilagi making 15 metres and 7 tackles in 15 minutes and Fa’asuamaleaui running for 43 metres and making 14 tackles in 26 minutes. Fa’asuamaleaui became the first player to be born in the year 2000 to play in the Intrust Super Cup.
It wasn’t a great Sunday afternoon for Knights’ second rower Brodie Jones in Wollongong, who lasted just 7 minutes before leaving the field for a HIA. He did not return to the game.
Jake Clifford continues to shine for the Northern Pride, leading them to their third straight win. The halfback scored twice, ran for 65 metres from 6 runs, set up a try and kicked for 125 metres in his side’s 22-16 win over Mackay. It was a first time start for prop Emry Pere, who ran for 91 metres from 9 runs in 39 minutes of action. Centre Enari Tuala made 73 metres from 9 runs and added a tackle break, while winger Murray Taulagi played just 46 minutes before coming off the field with a head knock.
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Four junior Dragons were key contributors to their side’s 20-point win over Newcastle on Sunday afternoon. Second rower Jackson Ford continues to shine in the ISP, he played the full 80 and ran for 166 metres and made 26 tackles with just 1 miss. Matheson Johns once again started a centre, running for 100 metres and making 15 tackles without miss. Hooker Reece Robson played the entire game, making 34 tackles and running for 60 metres. Joe Lovodua made a 39-minute stint off the bench, adding 61 metres from 7 runs and 22 tackles.
Lachlan Lam made his ISP debut in Wyong’s 1-point loss to the Warriors on Saturday. The PNG international and Queensland under-18 representative started at five-eighth and ran for 59 metres, broke 2 tackles and made 10 with just 1 miss.
Five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita was the hero for the Warriors in Round 4, kicking the game winning field goal in their 1-point win over Wyong. He kicked 3 goals and recorded a try assist, 2 line break assists and 24 tackles in a standout performance. Bullocking winger Lewis Soosemea continued his impressive try scoring form, adding three more to his tally in a 155 metres and 8 tackle break performance. Fullback Hayze Perham ran for a huge 183 metres from 17 runs, while second rower Joseph Vuna played the full 80, registering 91 metres from 9 runs and 31 tackles with just 1 miss.
In an upset loss to the Capras on Thursday night, five-eighth Julian Christian ran for 24 metres from 3 runs, set up a try and made 5 tackles.
The Blackhawks lost their third game in a row but it was another promising performance from young hooker Brent Woolf. He played 40 minutes off the bench, setting up a try, running for 30 metres and making 21 tackles with just 1 miss.