Fonua: "Don't doubt we can still do damage"

Fonua: “Don’t doubt we can still do damage”
Author Dan Talintyre Timestamp Thu 3 May 2018, 02:13 PM

He might be looked at as a damaging player, but Wests Tigers winger Mahe Fonua believes it’s the team that can cause the most damage to other sides in 2018.

A tackle-busting, powerful debut from the former Storm and Hull winger last weekend saw Fonua retain his spot for Saturday’s clash against the Warriors, and while there’s no doubting the power the 25-year-old has, he’s adamant that the most damaging thing from Wests Tigers this year will be the team itself.

Quizzed as to whether the so-called “bubble had burst” on Wests Tigers, Fonua’s answer was clear.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a team that’s gone through the NRL undefeated,” he said.

"Every team has its ups and downs and we’re on a little slope right now.

"But I think from those losses you can build character and that’s what we have in this team.

"There’s a lot of strong players in this team and young players that are keen to rip in.

“We’ve had two losses by two points in the last 10 minutes, so it’s just about fixing up those little things at the back end of games and I’m sure we can still do damage in this competition.”

Playing his first NRL game since departing the Melbourne Storm at the end of the 2013 season, the Tongan international said he was simply happy to have earned his spot back for Saturday’s game.

“I said after the game that my debut was eight weeks in the making,” he said.

"It’s been a good couple of years since I last played NRL, so it was good to get used to it again and get those nerves out of the way. Going in to this game, I’m probably less nervous but playing an NRL game is still a bit nerve-wracking, just not as much in the first game back.

"Playing reserve grade, my goals were pretty simple: just run hard and tackle hard.

"In doing that, hopefully I could make some noise up to Ivan with team selections and going in to last week’s game I just tried to keep the same sort of game plan and relatively simple.

“I think I did my job and that’s given me a chance to play this week, which is all I can ask.”

Thought he would bring more last week. Hopefully the real beast comes out this week.

Geez, a tough marker. What else did you want him to do?

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Thought he would bring more last week. Hopefully the real beast comes out this week.

I thought he was very good last week and by the looks of it, so did coach Cleary

He has been consistantly one of our best in the reserves, and did really well on his first appearance in firsts against Parramatta. He has really earn’t his position.

Thought he went well, especially seeing he hadnt played in the NRL for so long.

Funny thinking of him being nervous… Didn’t seem the type.
Really he couldn’t do much more… If the team didn’t concede stupid penalties and spotted balls we’d no doubt see more

Thought he was great last week and looking forward to more.

Speaks well for someone with a ridiculous haircut.

The more NRL games he plays,the better he will get….I hope he has a great year with us and does his job well…

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Thought he would bring more last week. Hopefully the real beast comes out this week.

He was great. Couldn’t have asked for much more. MWZ might have to wait for an injury.

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Thought he would bring more last week. Hopefully the real beast comes out this week.

He was great. Couldn’t have asked for much more. MWZ might have to wait for an injury.

Would definitely have him in the team, runs hard, and set up a great try but alot of his runs he made little yardage.

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Geez, a tough marker. What else did you want him to do?

18 runs for 137metres is good but not fantastic. When he was taking the first or second hit up in each set I thought he would make more metres and get us on the front foot but didn’t see alot of that. It was his first game in nrl this year , so he will only improve and I’d definitely have him in the team.

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Geez, a tough marker. What else did you want him to do?

18 runs for 137metres is good but not fantastic. When he was taking the first or second hit up in each set I thought he would make more metres and get us on the front foot but didn’t see alot of that. It was his first game in nrl this year , so he will only improve and I’d definitely have him in the team.

He will improve on that, while he’s making a ton of metres in ISP, the pace is way off FG and he was gassed in the second half. He’ll improve no doubt.

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Geez, a tough marker. What else did you want him to do?

Exactly. He played well.

He took over nofoluma role of rushing from his line. Made some really bad calls in D.

Do we have any other option for centre than naiqama?

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