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    Sauaso ‘Jesse’ Sue ready to serve and protect Wests Tigers in NRL finals charge

    Adrian Proszenko

    Sauaso “Jesse” Sue had an interest in dispensing discipline well before he became a surprise addition to Wests Tigers’ leadership group.

    “I was actually pursuing policing before I played [under] 20s,” Sue said. "I applied to go to Goulburn but, training full-time, I didn’t get the opportunity to go.

    “I didn’t want to do any labouring but wanted to be active. And we had heaps of cops in our neighbourhood as well.”

    Asked if he got to know any of them personally while growing up in Macquarie Fields, the prop forward replied: "A few of them stopped me for no reason. That’s another story.

    “I tried to stay out of trouble and am grateful for where I am today.”

    The Tigers appointed a seven-man leadership group during the off-season. Sue joined Matt Ballin, Robbie Farah, Dene Halatau, Chris Lawrence, James Tedesco and Aaron Woods after officials identified the 24-year-old as a positive influence at the club, particularly to the young Polynesian players.

    “It has been massive,” Sue said of his inclusion. "I haven’t really done too much different and I’ve just tried to absorb what the senior guys say, so I’ve just been a sponge this year and taking as much as I can in.

    “They’ve been great for me in trying to help me with my speaking skills and how to take the important things in.”

    Forward march: Sauaso Sue hits the ball up for the Tigers.
    Forward march: Sauaso Sue hits the ball up for the Tigers. Photo: Cameron Spencer
    While he didn’t become a police officer, Sue still has a mandate to serve and protect. The Samoan international has a bodyguard-style role to ensure those attempting to target young half Mitchell Moses in defence have to go through him first.

    “I try my best, but he has taken a few big hits this year and he has taken it like a man,” Sue said.

    "He has really grown as a player and person and I’m loving watching him grow. He has been defending well. He isn’t scared to get hurt, so he is always throwing his body on the line.

    “That’s what has probably improved the most out of this year. He isn’t scared to tackle and put shots on.”

    The Tigers are one of several teams jostling for a finals spot. They come up against another contender, Penrith, on Friday night. Due to their inferior for-and-against, the joint-venture club must win to remain in the hunt.

    “We don’t have many games left to take positives out, so we are just doing our best at training to try and get that result,” Sue said.

  • “Go ahead,make my day”……

    Jesse the enforcer…a dead set champion…

  • Thanks for your ongoing service Jesse! A young bloke would get a lot from playing alongside him in the line.

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