Sue settles in front row
By Scott Dougherty
OF THE seven debutants for the Wests Tigers this year, it’s a Macquarie Fields Hawks junior that has impressed the coaching staff most.
Sauaso Sue, known as Jesse around the club, has played seven straight games since debuting at the SCG in round six.
The two frontrowers on the coaching staff, John Skandalis (249 games) and Todd Payten (259 games) both say 21-year-old frontrower Sue had been the standout.
“Jesse has been terrific and looked comfortable [since coming into the NRL],” his under-20s coach Payten said.
"He’s big and aggressive, he’s what we need.
"He’s probably given me the most enjoyment.
“Other guys had talent and big wraps but he has had to work his way in.”
Sue, who lives at Ruse, said the intensity and the amount of talk needed from him was the biggest change from the under-20s.
“It’s been a lot different to playing only against people my own age,” Sue said.
"I still can’t believe it.
"Playing against the Broncos was the time when I really had to pinch myself.
"Hodges and Thaiday and all them, I look up to them.
“I was a Broncos fan.”
His first five games in the NRL were losses.
“The first two weeks I thought ‘it will be all right’, but losing gets to you, it gets annoying and frustrating,” the former James Meehan High School student said.
“My first win was against the Cowboys and now I’ve got the taste.”
Strength and conditioning coach Skandalis said kids normally get intimidated, “but Jesse’s just done his job”.
“He got his chance earlier on than we thought because of injuries in the club,” Skandalis said.
“I just love seeing juniors come through no matter where they come from, but it’s great for the Campbelltown area and the kids here to have another role model to aspire to be like.”