DISAPPOINTING END TO SEASON
On the same weekend that saw the United States successfully retain the Colonial Cup against Canada, it was a disappointing end to the 2012 season on the other side of the world for USA Tomahawks eligible Tui Samoa.
The American Samoa utility player turned in a typical stellar effort for his team Redcliffe, but it wasn’t enough as the Dolphins lost to Wynnum-Manly in the Queensland Rugby League Grand Final Sunday in Brisbane.
Redcliffe went into the QRL Intrust Super Cup decider as the minor premiers having finished on top of the standings at the end of the regular season, but the Seagulls, the defending champions, proved too much and went on to win back-to-back titles.
In typical fashion, Samoa, who plays anywhere in the forwards and who specializes at hooker, came off the bench in the 23rd minute and played tough through the 55th minute before earning a brief spell. He went back into the fray in the 67th minute and saw out the remainder of the game.
During his 45 minutes on the field, Samoa made nine tackles and nine hit-ups.
He took the field with a heavily strapped left knee, although he discarded the taping in the second half as it appeared to hamper his customary elusive running.
Despite Redcliffe coming off on the wrong end of the final scoreline in the championship game, 2012 proved to be a standout year for Samoa as he got himself noticed by the USA Tomahawks coaching staff, was drafted into the Tomahawks train-on squad and made a name for himself as an exceptional playmaker.