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ROUND TWO: Radradra Out For 8 Weeks

RADRADRA – Semi was off to another electric performance with a 24th minute try for the Eels. He produced solid statistics with 69 metres in 38 minutes, two tackle breaks,
20 Mar 2015 07:07
ROUND TWO:  Radradra Out For  8 Weeks
Parramatta Eels’ Semi Radradra was injured during round two of the NRL competition last weekend in Sydney.

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RADRADRA – Semi was off to another electric performance with a 24th minute try for the Eels. He produced solid statistics with 69 metres in 38 minutes, two tackle breaks, and one line break, until a medial ligament injury struck him down in the 38th minute. Unfortunately, the injury means the Fijian cult hero could be out for up to eight weeks!

BUKUYA – Jayson Bukuya provided an impressive back row performance for the Sharks with another big ‘workhorse’ rate with 101m from 11 runs, 32 tackles and one line break that was almost a classic ‘forward’s try’ after 60 minutes of game time.

RCG – Panthers rookie Reagan Campbell Gillard had a strong impact performance, despite limited minutes off the bench (33 minutes). He ran 91m from 10 runs and made 13 tackles.

MARIKA MAYHEM – Marika Koroibete may not have scored for Storm this week, but the speedster ran almost 55 metres from one huge line break straight up the middle of the field (looking like a fullback rather than a winger) that created a Will Chambers try. Overall, the Bati winger had 166 metres from 18 runs, 5 tackle breaks and 2 offloads.

UATE – one of the most prolific try scorers in the NRL’s short history, he is only one try closer to reaching his career 100 tries, moving to 98 career tries after scoring in the 63 minute for Newcastle Knights in their strong win over the North Queensland Cowboys. Uate in 71 minutes made 87 metres in 15 runs, 3 tackle breaks, one line break and an offload.

Kane Evans – the young Fijian Bati prop had slightly improved minutes to 20 minutes in the Roosters round two loss to rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs, after his big impact bench performance in round one. He put on a few trademark big hits and managed to run 87m with seven hit-ups, two line breaks and 13 tackles.

Sisa Sizzling – Sisa Waqa continued his strong early season form despite the Raiders disappointing 6 – 18 loss at home to the New Zealand Warriors. He again showed his attacking versatility jumping and scoring from a neatly placed chip kick to the corner with the Raiders only try at the 34th minute. Selected on the wing he made 100m from 16 runs, one tackle break and a game high three offloads. Does it beg the question considering their injury woes; should Ricky Stuart take a gamble and put Sisa in the centres?

Kevin Naiqama – finally given what seems a regular NRL spot, Naiqama scored an early try thanks to sensational lead up work by Tigers fullback James Tedesco. The young Naiqama brother ran 83m from 11 runs, made 7 tackles (for a winger), and had one line break for himself.

Intrust Super Cup (Queensland, Tweed Heads (Northern NSW) and PNG)

Fijian of the Week

Former Nabua Broncos star, 28-year-old Nemani Valekapa from the Ipswich Jets was the clear standout from the QRL (one NRL Second Tier) run competition. The Fijian centred score two tries in the Jets 36 – 24 win over the Townsville Blackhawks. One try was a near length of the field try after he combined well with Broncos affiliate’ Daniel Vidot and his second was in the corner.

VB NSW Cup (NSWRL & New Zealand Warriors Reserves)

Fijian of the Week

Young Fiji Bati and Penrith Panthers (reserve grade) centre Waqa Blake scored twice in the Panthers 38-6 thumping of North Sydney Bears (Rabbitohs affiliate). It was reported Blake “showed some fancy footwork and fended off a group of defenders to plant the ball down over the line” and for his second “Blake gave the Panther fans a little something extra to cheer about with a late try in the 79th minute with a solid team runaway try”. Showing the Panthers incredible depth, fellow Bati Api Koroisau score one try himself and kicked 5 from 7 (14 points total).

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