How Our Fijians Fare

WILIAME – While Manly Sea Eagles season goes from bad to worse, young Fijian Brayden Wiliame continues to gain NRL experience in the centres. Wiliame in the Sea Eagles 28-16
24 Apr 2015 10:02
How Our Fijians Fare

WILIAME – While Manly Sea Eagles season goes from bad to worse, young Fijian Brayden Wiliame continues to gain NRL experience in the centres. Wiliame in the Sea Eagles 28-16 loss to the Bulldogs made 12 tackles–double any other back (1-5), however in limited attacking opportunities ran for 50 metres from 8 runs.

ETO – Eto Nabuli contributed towards a fifth consecutive Dragons win. This time, the Dragons put in another strong performance winning 12-10 against Broncos, who were in great form of their own. Eto in attack ran 90 metres from 10 runs (two tackle breaks), although went close to scoring, but was stopped by some strong defense – he made seven tackle himself.

TRIPLE THREAT – Panthers three young Fijians all were among the few shining lights despite the heavy 32 to 6 loss to the Titans for the injury depleted men from Penrith. Waqa Blake scored his second NRL try in his short career – very much making it easy from short range. The young Fijian centre ran 95 metres from 12 total runs – producing three tackle-breaks (one line break). Reagan Campbell-Gillard was outstanding – still only 21 years old the young Fiji Bati prop was looking like one of the Panthers forward leaders. RCG was inspirational and could well receive a starting spot soon, whether he was barking order to fellow forwards, leading from the front with strong runs or providing a powerful impact from the bench. RCG ran for 136 metres (14 runs) – the most of any Panthers player and nearly double of most other Penrith forwards, which lead to four strong tackle-breaks and one line-break. Apisai Koroisau played again at five-eighth (he is a hooker) due to injuries, but never stopped trying – he made 20 tackles, ran 95 metres from 11 attacking raids and made one tackle-break – this utility factor could help Fiji out, if any issues arise.

MARIKA MAYHEM – a Marika Koroibete power play was the order of the day for Storm in their 17 to 16 victory – the powerful Storm winger scored his fifth try for the season in a strong attacking display against a very strong Sydney Roosters team. The Bati representative ran for 173 metres (most for Storm) from 17 runs, including three tackle breaks. Marika could well be one of the Tigers recent most regrettable player losses?

EVANS – Kane Evans again played his impact prop role to a tee for the Roosters. He produced 15 tackles and made 83 metres from 7 hit-ups, including one tackle-break from only 26 minutes. It would without a doubt be interesting to see how much damage Evans could do with more minutes –- perhaps he will get his chance soon as Kiwi international Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is out with an injury.

BATI BACKS BATTLE – Kevin Naiqama’s Wests Tigers were up against Sisa Waqa’s Canberra Raiders and the game did not disappoint! After Raiders were 22-0 down, they had an incredible comeback to score 30 answered points (22-30 FT). Both Bati backs were solid with Naiqama making three tackle-breaks on the back of 125 metres gained in attack (13 all runs), while Sisa was solid with each touch in his 78 metres gained (10 runs); creating a try (one try assist), one line-break, one line-break assist and making 12 tackles.

AWESOME AKUILA – Akuila Uate was again powerful in attack for Newcastle Knights, despite their 22-28 loss to Parramatta Eels; inside the first 11 minutes he made a long range line-break that led to a try assist and score one try from short range himself. His statistics from the match were 125 metres from 10 runs (only behind Gagai for Knights 1-7 backs), four tackle-breaks, one try (11th minute) and two line-breaks.

SIMS – Korbin Sims began on the bench, but provided some very strong impact for the Knights. Despite playing 39 minutes game time, the Bati prop was the most productive Knights forward with 107 metres (most for Knights forwards), 21 tackles and one tackle-break. His older brother Tariq provide a similar impact with 102 metres from 14 hit-ups and 24 tackles from 80 minutes.

BUKUYA – Jayson Bukuya made his way back into the Sharks line-up and returned with a bang! The Bati backrower secured the win for last year’s wooden spoon side against the reigning premiers the Rabbitohs scoring the final try to win 18-10 in almost cyclonic conditions at Shark Park. Bukuya provided a large workload for the Sharks making 121 metres from 13 runs and 38 tackles from 74 minutes.

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Intrust Super Cup (PNG, Queensland & Northern NSW)

This week I have went with former Bati rep and Pride veteran Semi Tadulala, who returned to the Pride line-up on the weekend and score a try in the Pride’s 42 to 10 victory over Norths Devils.


Limited reports this early in the week, but I’ve went with Fabian Goodall again. The powerful Fijian utility scored again for Parramatta Eels affiliate club, Wentworthville Magpies.


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