Player Eliesa Katoa

He has been quiet , by his own high standards, over the last few weeks.

Tbh i dont think he's been as dominant since they moved him from Kodi's edge (a move im still unsure why they did as it was such a threat).

I think Kodi plays a little more direct than Chanel and was veru good at taking the ball to the line and isolating either a defender or half gap for Katoa to hit. Problem is Murchie is going gangbusters running off Kodi you'd be loathe to mess with that.....good problem to have.

Matter of time i think for Chanel Harris-Tavita and Katoa to gel.....both good young players.
 
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Two very young, inexperienced guys next to each other in Chanel Harris-Tavita and Katoa, yet the opposition hasn't been able to exploit it. That says a lot about how much these guys put in (and perhaps also the guidance they are getting from the coaching team).
 
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Another 80 minute game. That he is out there that long without someone finding away to exploit him or a major error says a lot about his quality.
 
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very impressed with him yesterday in that he went looking for work.

Been very quite last few weeks stuck out on the edge. To go looking for ball is an immediate improvement in his game
 
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I like his toughness, at his age to be this advanced and to only be playing only less than 30 games of league.
He can be that wide ranging second tower as well as that guy that takes the tough carries.
Almost a mini clone of Harris.
I also like Chanel Harris-Tavita's toughness too, he needs to learn to be more direct but again still trying to find his feet in first grade.
 
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The perfect player with footballer IQ, maturity and size to match.

A huge asset to the club for many more years to come, and will be an absolute beast if developed and used properly.

Exciting. Very exciting.
 
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Tbh i dont think he's been as dominant since they moved him from Kodi's edge (a move im still unsure why they did as it was such a threat).

I think Kodi plays a little more direct than Chanel and was veru good at taking the ball to the line and isolating either a defender or half gap for Katoa to hit. Problem is Murchie is going gangbusters running off Kodi you'd be loathe to mess with that.....good problem to have.

Matter of time i think for Chanel Harris-Tavita and Katoa to gel.....both good young players.
Good point.
Seems obvious now you point it out about Katoa going quiet after losing Nikorima's experience. I do hope Chanel Harris-Tavita can get it right, develop those skills.
Shaun Johnson for example seemed to have a bit of difficulty pairing with his forward buddy, his style of play didn't always suit direct half/forward running....Shaun Johnson would often use his Forward as a decoy and after that....well who knows what he would do next, which was kinda the point....he was a freak and the most unpredictable player ball in hand the NRL had ever seen.
 
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His Motor is years ahead of our local developed in the Rugby league system standard young guy.

I am guessing that is because of the standard of Union he has been playing and obviously how hard he worked at that game before switching.

His endurance didn't happen by Osmosis.

That usually happens in a really good Aussie League development program or in this case Union?

I ask the question because I know bugger all about Rugby and even less about the development system in that game, apart from constantly hearing it is semi pro from School.
 
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Good point.
Seems obvious now you point it out about Katoa going quiet after losing Nikorima's experience. I do hope Chanel Harris-Tavita can get it right, develop those skills.
Shaun Johnson for example seemed to have a bit of difficulty pairing with his forward buddy, his style of play didn't always suit direct half/forward running....Shaun Johnson would often use his Forward as a decoy and after that....well who knows what he would do next, which was kinda the point....he was a freak and the most unpredictable player ball in hand the NRL had ever seen.

Yeah i remember his combo's with Bodene Thompson and Jason Bukaya not being that effective (neither the power runner Katoa is tho). Shaun Johnson's go to is the block play (which i thought he was over reliant on at times here but at the Sharks is proving the moneyball) where at 2nd reciever and if done properly the space is mostly on out wide, so maybe didnt suit those guys.....that said his combo with Brenton Nikora who's a brilliant hole runner is lethal.

Yesterdays game was the most ive seen us go block play based attack all season.....was nice to see we could change it up when required.

As far as Katoa and Chanel Harris-Tavita are concerned Chanel (while rightfuly wanting to get the ball to Katoa as much as possible) is probably a bit guilty of shifting it too early without engaging the line.....i know Katoa would probably run through a wall if you ask him, but a half's job is to probe for some weaknesses in that wall first....the kids will work it out tho im sure.
 
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His Motor is years ahead of our local developed in the Rugby league system standard young guy.

I am guessing that is because of the standard of Union he has been playing and obviously how hard he worked at that game before switching.

His endurance didn't happen by Osmosis.

That usually happens in a really good Aussie League development program or in this case Union?

I ask the question because I know bugger all about Rugby and even less about the development system in that game, apart from constantly hearing it is semi pro from School.

I think he’s just a natural, he didn’t go to one of the super rugby factory schools, and barely played in the junior grades (injuries?) so just rocking up this year immediately as an 80 minute backrower is pretty surprising. Shades of Mannering back when, could just foot it with the big boys right out the gate. Though Simon was a year younger when he debuted and spent most of the first 3 years at center.

He gets marked pretty heavily already, the opposing half knows they are a target and jump on him right away and the warriors do want to go right towards Kodi and Hiku, can’t say it isn’t working.
 
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Huge fan of Katoa and would presume he has done enough for Warriors rookie of the year?
I only ask because what Jamayne Tounua-Brown has done in the middle playing every game has been nothing short of special straight out of Q Cup. Stats aren't huge but he takes the tough runs and always fights to get to his knees and elbows so play the ball speed is reasonable and sold on D.
I'm think I'm saying Katoa gets it but I totally see the argument for Jamayne Tounua-Brown
 
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Good to see Katoa as a finalist for the rookie of the year.

When they had the award sitting on the table on NRL 360 I thought he might have won it and they were about to do a remote interview.

Had a great first up season.
 
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