It's only a game ....
Sione was voted the best player in the Blues 2019 Under 18s SOO team.My personal opinion is that Sione Fainu is slightly/massively overrated on this forum.
Both teams were full of talent with several players already starring in the NRL. At least 9 players from each squad have played NRL. There is no reason why Sione can't emulate them. He is said to have good ball playing skill and is very mobile for a front rower - see his try @ 2:09 & chase @ 3:07 in the highlights reel below
NSW Bradman Best (Newcastle Knights); Mitchell Black (Newcastle Knights), Oliver Clements (Central Coast Roosters), Sione Fainu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Matthew Feagai (Illawarra Steelers), Max Feagai (Illawarra Steelers), Siua Fotu (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Noah Griffiths (Bathurst Panthers/Melbourne Storm), David Hollis (Parramatta Eels), Sam Hughes (Parramatta Eels), Trey Mooney (Parramatta Eels), Viliami Penisini (Parramatta Eels), Joshua Schuster (Manly), Tyrell Sloan (Illawarra Steelers), Jayden Sullivan (Illawarra Steelers), Jackson Topine (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs), Ben Trbojevic (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Alec Tuitavake (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles), Junior Tupou (Canberra Raiders), Kaeo Weekes (Manly Warringah Sea Eagles).
QLD Xavier Coates – Tweed Seagulls, Juwan Compain – Tweed Seagulls, Harrison Graham – Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Reece Hoffman – Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Jack Howarth – Easts Tigers, Joshua James – Norths Devils, Alofiana Khan-Pereira – Burleigh Bears, Trent Loiero – Sunshine Coast Falcons, Jack Martin – Ipswich Jets, Fanitesi Niu – Souths Logan Magpies, Brendan Piakura – Tweed Seagulls, Tristan Powell – Burleigh Bears, Jake Simpkin – Wynnum Manly Seagulls, Hamiso Tabuai–Fidow – Townsville Blackhawks, Carsil Vaikai – Tweed Seagulls, Sam Walker – Ipswich Jets, Reece Walsh – Tweed Seagulls, Toby Sexton – Tweed Seagulls
2019 SOO under 18's highlights
Queensland and NSW do battle in the annual Under 18 curtain-raiser match before Holden State of Origin game one at Suncorp Stadium
2019 SOO under 18's full replay (game starts @ 11:57)
In the leadup to the State Of Origin opener at Suncorp Stadium, watch the curtain-raiser between the Queensland and New South Wales under 18s