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).
Despite sitting in the sin bin for 10 minutes, prop Payne Haas still managed to run for a massive 209 metres in Wynnum’s 22-26 loss to Tweed Heads. Haas played 66 minutes, adding 27 tackles without a miss. Second rower Patrick Carrigan scored a try, running for 167 metres and making 23 tackles without a miss in 49 minutes. Centre Eddie Burns once again ran for over 100 metres (105) and recorded 13 tackles.
Tom Flegler returned from suspension and was immense off the bench for Souths Logan, running for 196 metres from his 14 runs. Fullback Corey Allan scored a try and set up another in their 36-4 win over the Capras.
Redcliffe defeated the PNG Hunters, with centre Kotoni Staggs kicking 4 goals and running for 109 metres and breaking 6 tackles. While at Bishop Park, centre Gehamat Shibasaki ran for 117 metres, broke 6 tackles and made 14 in Norths’ win over Burleigh.
Newtown dominated the last placed Knights with a 58-4 win and two young Sharks were involved once again. Halfback Kyle Flanagan scored a try, kicked 7 goals and kicked for 184 kick metres in the victory, while hooker Blayke Brailey recorded 2 try assists, 1 line break assist and 19 tackles in 51 minutes of play.
Gold Coast Titans
Fullback AJ Brimson was try scorer in Tweed Heads’ last minute 26-22 win over Wynnum, their first victory of the season. Brimson ran for 100 metres, set up a try, made 2 line breaks and completed 8 tackles in the win.
It was an unhappy afternoon for prop Jai Whitbread, who only last 12 minutes after succumbing to a head knock in Burleigh’s 20-4 loss to Norths. He made 1 run for 12 metres and made 6 tackles.
Manly Sea Eagles
Blacktown suffered a 30-point loss to the Warriors but enjoyed solid performances from centre Moses Suli and hooker Manase Fainu. Suli, in his second game of the year, ran for 133 metres from 14 runs and made 11 tackles for 2 misses, while Fainu ran for 53 metres and made 29 tackles in 68 minutes.
Centre Kea Pere was named man of the match in Easts’ 14-4 win over the Northern Pride. He scored a try, ran for 124 metres from 12 runs and made 10 tackles for 1 miss in the victory.
It was special day for the Johns’ family, as Matthew Johns’ son Cooper, made his ISC debut in Sunshine Coast’s 20-18 loss to Townsville. Playing five-eighth, he kicked for 58 metres and made 16 tackles for just 1 miss. Hooker Harry Grant played 61 minutes, running for 57 metres and making 18 tackles, while prop Louis Geraghty ran for 65 metres and made 18 tackles in 43 minutes. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui came off the bench for second ISC appearance of the season, running for 38 metres from 4 runs and making 21 tackles.
Three under-20 eligible players were involved in the Knights’ 54-point loss to Newtown. Hooker Tom Starling came off the bench and set up his side’s only try, while adding 19 tackles with just 2 misses. Pasami Saulo started at lock, running for 27 metres and making 14 tackles, while winger Mitch Andrews made his ISP debut, running for 47 metres and completing 7 tackles.
North Queensland Cowboys
Winger Murray Taulagi ran for 138 metres and broke 4 tackles in the Northern Pride’s loss to Easts. Halfback Jake Clifford ran for 38 metres, made 11 tackles and kicked for 143 metres, while interchange prop Emry Pere made 64 metres and 20 tackles in 36 minutes.
Winger Kurt Wiltshire was a try scorer in Mackay’s upset win over Ipswich on Saturday. He ran for 59 metres from 7 runs and made 5 tackles without a miss.
Winger Brian Too was strong in his second ISP game of the season. He scored a try, ran for 108 metres from 12 runs and made 7 tackles without a miss in Penrith’s win over Canterbury.
St George Illawarra Dragons
The Dragons young players were standouts again in their 20-16 win over Wyong. 18-year old winger Zac Lomax scored a try, ran for 132 metres from 14 runs and broke 4 tackles. Hooker Reece Robson played the full 80, running for 89 metres from 8 runs, setting up a try and making 42 tackles. Second rower Jackson Ford was damaging, running for 132 metres from 13 runs and completing 39. Joe Lovodua came off the bench for a 31-minute stint, making 6 runs for 22 metres and 22 tackles.
South Sydney Rabbitohs
Halfback Dean Hawkins kicked the game winning field goal in the Bears’ 1-point win over league leaders Wests. He added 57 metres from 8 runs, a tackle break and 157 kick metres. Centre Campbell Graham was strong again, running for 158 metres from 14 runs and breaking 8 tackles. Winger Mawene Hiroti scored a try and ran for 142 metres from 11 runs.
Sam Johnstone started at prop and ran for 104 metres and made 15 tackles without a miss in 37 minutes. In the second row, Tarquinn Butler played the full 80, running for 106 metres and making 33 tackles. Keaon Koloamatangi started at lock, making 17 tackles in 31 minutes. 18-year old prop Ky Rodwell came of the bench, scoring a try, running for 96 metres and making 14 tackles without a miss in 34 minutes.
Five-eighth Lachlan Lam started in Wyong’s close loss to the Dragons. He ran for 75 metres from 9 runs, broke 5 tackles, kicked for 54 metres and made 16 tackles in his side’s defeat.
18-year old Hayze Perham was near unstoppable in the Warriors’ 30-point win over Blacktown. The fullback scored a try, ran for 126 metres, set up 2 tries and 2 line breaks and broke 10 tackles in a great display. Centre Joseph Vuna ran for 92 metres from 8 runs and made 9 tackles, while his wing partner Lewis Soosemea made 83 metres from 11 runs and broke 4 tackles. Five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita ran for 35 metres, made 12 tackles for 1 miss and kicked for 65 metres. Second rower Isaiah Papali’i returned from injury and played the full 80, running for 92 metres from 11 runs and making 26 tackles.
Back rower Sam McIntyre made his second ISP appearance for Western Suburbs in their loss to North Sydney. Coming off the bench, he ran for 41 metres and made 8 tackles in 29 minutes.
The Jets went down to Mackay but it was another bright performance from five-eighth Julian Christian, who ran for 91 metres from 11 runs, broke 2 tackles and made 5 in the loss.
Interchange hooker Brent Woolf played 42 minutes in Townsville’s 20-18 win over the Sunshine Coast. He made 64 metres from 5 runs, set up a try and made 17 tackles with just 2 misses.