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any1 know about Andrew Suniula ?

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by chrisos, Mar 18, 2009.

  1. chrisos

    chrisos Active Member

    +50 / 19
    Andrew Suniula ,first time i've heard of him i know absolutely nothing about this kid ,if anyone has any information or has seen him play before please let me know,how did he go on saturday night?! ???
  2. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

    +5,700 / 263
    He's crap. Nuff said !
    Put Neumann on the wing.
    Suniula would struggle in PL.
  3. Duff

    Duff Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    Just saw him at the servo, so I know he drives a car.
  4. willstyles

    willstyles Active Member

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    Firstly, he's not a kid. He's mid 20s. Played rugby union for a few years, but has given league a chance. I think he's been with Manly for 2 years now, this would be his third?

    He has a big build, perhaps even too big for a winger actually, but he is worth working on. Saturday night was never going to be a good night for wingers whose team was backpedaling all game, and you can't expect him to have the same impact on this team as Brett Stewart does. He has the potential to be a very good fill-in player while we have injuries.
  5. Dan

    Dan Administrator Staff Member Administrator 2016 Tipping Competitor

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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    he was playing Rugby Union in NZ 2 years ago or so, and Crusher spotted him brought him to League. He is still learning but is ok I guess. Don't know if he is ready for a permenant spot yet. When Snake is back, if Wolfman is still out, then I would say Bani will take his spot
  6. Guest

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    Bring back Mitch Creary
  7. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,239 / 7
  8. Chip and Chase

    Chip and Chase True Supporter Staff Member Administrator Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    That's a bit harsh. He was no worse than Bani on Saturday.....except he did make two bad reads in defence that led to tries, but that was partly because the Dogs were getting outside Lyon's right shoulder and he came in through lack of communication, or trust. Williams has been equally guilty of the same defensive blunders on plenty of occassions as well. Let's see how he goes on Sunday.

    One thing is for sure, Shane Neumann is no world beater either.
  9. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    I just  want them all to have the trust with their inside man and stay out on theirs.  Then I'd be very happy.  Lyon can certainly take care of himself.  wingers coming in to 'help out' leak tries. 
  10. Pittwater Legend

    Pittwater Legend Well-Known Member

    +780 / 28
    Lyon could take down Goliath. Easily one of the best one on one defensive centres.

    I think it'll be worth sticking with Siniula this week, his size will come in handy should he be marking up against Vatuvei. Another chance will also give him a bit of confidence.
  11. eagle_predator

    eagle_predator Active Member

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    Des must have faith in him so Suniula deserves his chance like any other player.
  12. Ryan

    Ryan Well-Known Member

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    Our team is way to quality from top to bottom including management to tolerate mediocre players anymore.

    That said, Des has an eye for talent, so I'm good with him being there this week (Dear lord let Williams, and Williams be for for the next round !)
  13. Kiwi Eagle

    Kiwi Eagle Moderator Staff Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +2,424 / 31

    Andrew Suniula would have been filling his pockets with yen and his face with sushi if Manly league legend Noel `Crusher' Cleal hadn't landed in Auckland in 2007.

    Instead, the 1.86m, 102kg powerhouse will square off against `The Beast', aka Manu Vatuvei of the New Zealand Warriors, here on Sunday in just his second National Rugby League (NRL) match for the Sea Eagles.

    Suniula, who played NPC rugby for Taranaki in 2005-06, was set to play a season in the United States before taking up a contract in Japan.

    But, by chance, he accepted an offer to play some Bartercard Cup league for the Auckland Lions - "for fun".

    "I had a couple of games of league just to fill in some time, and I happened to play a game when the Warriors were playing Manly in Auckland," Suniula recalled.

    "After that game `Crusher' wanted me to come over and give it a crack over here. It was just a few days before I was due to leave (for the US)."

    Suniula, 26, still played a few months in Iowa then accepted the Sea Eagles' offer to fly across the Tasman.

    A stroll down Manly's idyllic main beach and a guided tour, and he was sold.

    "That (lifestyle) was one of the factors; apart from the money, in Japan I wasn't looking forward to the sushi too much."

    Little more than a year on, he will finally play his first home NRL match for the defending premiers before the adoring home faithful at Brookvale Oval.

    Injuries to David Williams and Tony Williams gave Suniula his big break last weekend, but it was a hellish debut on the right wing.

    A fired-up Bulldogs side, the distraction of Manly's much discussed off-field dramas, and torrential downpours at ANZ Stadium gave Suniula all the wrong memories in a 12-34 defeat.

    "The first one's always the nervous one so I'm pretty much glad that one's out of the way. I was pretty happy to make my debut but I probably touched the ball a handful of times.

    "Every time we got the ball we'd give it back to them. It was just one of those games, they lifted and we were on a break. The quicker we put it behind us and move on, the better."

    Asked about the off-field dramas, which peaked when the NRL banned star fullback Brett Stewart for four weeks after the boozy season launch, Suniula offers the standard club line - "all I'm worried about is football".

    He is keen to make amends, and notably it's against the Warriors.

    As a bonus, he gets to mark one of the world's most devastating attackers, a full 10kg heavier than his own imposing frame.

    "That'll be a good challenge. Manu's a good player on his own but we'll be looking through the video and look for some weaknesses to try and exploit. He won't know much about me which is good.

    "It'll be pretty special to play the team I used to support, and my first home game."

    Suniula's goal is to seal a regular first grade spot this year, and hopefully even catch the attention of the Kiwis selectors.

    He always dreamed of a black jersey, but in another code, after his parents shifted to Auckland from their native American Samoa when young Suniula was seven.

    From basketball and American football, it was rugby and league every weekend, then the 15-man code only when he started at Kelston Boys' High School. Headmaster, Graham Henry.

    "I remember a meeting with him in third form, he encouraged me to pursue rugby. The new sports institute at the school clashed with music and I liked my music, but I think he persuaded me to take the sports institute. It was a good choice.

    "It's every young Kiwi's dream when you're playing rugby, you want to be an All Black."

    The next year Henry left to become a professional coach, and Suniula played alongside Mils Muliaina, Mose Tuiali'i, Sam Tuitupou and the Lauaki brothers.

    There were plenty of wins and not many defeats in the first 15, he recalled.

    Suniula played club rugby in Auckland and began studying for a sport and recreation degree majoring in exercise science.

    He played a handful of matches on the wing for Taranaki but felt a Super 14 contract wasn't going to happen.

    "I was in the Hurricanes region and it was pretty tough to crack Super 14 from Taranaki. It was time for a change and it worked out well."

    That was his decision to seek riches in Japan, before `Crusher's' timely intervention that day in Auckland.

    A big few weeks, starting with the Warriors on Sunday, and it may prove to be the best decision he ever made.
  14. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

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    He would have learned plenty from last weekends debacle.  Maybe how to stay on his man instead of coming in and hanging around leaving the channel open.  Anyway if it's good enough for Des to give him another chance then I'm OK with that.  It will give us a chance to see him play rather than just a big guy running through a lot of water. 
  15. niccipops

    niccipops un echidna spillo mia bevanda Premium Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +5,435 / 49
    I know that the fella is big and dark and hunky (just an observation).

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