Rugby League

Karawalevu’s Hat-Trick Impresses Silktails Head Coach Naiqama

“With his current performance I believe he has the potential to play for the Fiji Bati at the Rugby League World Cup. “Vuate’s tall, fast, disciplined and very skilful. He is always aware of what is happening around him during the game.
01 Jun 2021 15:24
Karawalevu’s Hat-Trick Impresses Silktails Head Coach Naiqama
Kaiviti Silktails and now Sydney Roosters Under-21 winger Vuate Karawalevu in Sydney, Australia. Karawalevu scored a hat-trick for the Sydney Roosters Under-21 side as they beat Cronulla Sharks 26-24 on Sunday. Photo: Kaiviti Silktails.

Kaiviti Silktails head coach, Wes Naiqama, has highly rated Sydney Roosters Under-21 winger Vuate Karawalevu.

Naiqama made the comments after Karawalevu scored a hat-trick of tries and pulled off a try saving tackle in Roosters 26-24 win over Cronulla Sharks on Sunday.

The Dravuwalu, Kadavu, native scored his three tries in the first half as he left his opponent’s guessing during the match.

Speaking to SUNsports Naiqama said Karawalevu has a bright future in rugby league.

“I’m really proud to be part of Vuate’s journey and to be able to coach him,” the former Newcastle Knights centre said.

“With his current performance I believe he has the potential to play for the Fiji Bati at the Rugby League World Cup. “Vuate’s tall, fast, disciplined and very skilful. He is always aware of what is happening around him during the game.

“His character and attitude will take him a long way. That is the type of player wanted at the NRL.”

Naiqama said Karawalevu dedication is reflected on his training attendance.

“He is always first in the ground for training and he smiles in everything he does on and off the field.

“He is very consistent ever since he joined the Roosters and it’s a good sign seeing the progress of a player that came from a rugby union background.

“A hat-trick in only his third game is very impressive and I look forward to his many amazing performance.

“He came into the Silktails environment and quickly learned the game. He’s quite a good listener and that has proven and shown in his game.”

The former Marist Brother High School student has now scored five tries in three games for the Roosters U21 side.

 

Tagituimua set

Meanwhile, Fiji Bati head coach Joe Rabele is happy with Kaiviti Silktails captain, Penioni Tagitumua’s progress for his club North Sydney Bears in the New South Wales Cup comp.

“That is nothing new for Peni because he has gone through the Fiji Bati system.

“He went to the Oceania Cup, he’s got that experience that really helps a lot,” he said.

“Peni’s experience and leadership  is vital for the Silktails.”

The Rakiraki, Kadavu native started at hooker for the Bears on Sunday in his second game.

Tagituimua put on a sensational performance to help the Bears demolish Canberra Raiders 34-12.

He played for 55 minutes and was instrumental in the Bears attacking shape.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 



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