Taufua thriving under Sea Eagles' wings
Wednesday 20 March 2013 8:00 AM
Sea Eagles winger Jorge Taufua admits the leadership group at Manly has been the major factor in his success, as he continues to build on the phenomenal rise of his rookie year.
On the end of an all-international backline, Taufua was always going to pick up a few tricks at the Sea Eagles. It's been a pleasure for Manly fans to watch his progression from prodigious young talent to one of the League's most powerful and polished finishers.
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But the dynamic winger isn’t getting ahead of himself just yet, saying he just wants to focus on improving each week for Manly.
"I have a lot of experience around me in Killer (Jamie Lyon) and Stevie (Matai) so I’m learning little things each week, whether that’s defence or positioning, that kind of thing.
"I made a lot of errors last year so fixing those things up will improve my game."
"Last year was my first one (pre-season) so I’ve learnt a lot from last year and took it into this year. The senior players keep us grounded so we just know what we have to do each week."
That experience looks to be paying off as Taufua steps it up again in 2013, running circles around opposite number Akuila Uate for a trio of excellent tries in the Sea Eagles' 32-0 thumping of the Knights.
"It was my first hat trick," Taufua said. "Pretty lucky to get those, especially against Uate who’s always tough to come up against."
His dominance over NSW winger Uate raised plenty of eyebrows and although it’s too early to be talking Origin, Taufua hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making his Blues debut this season.
"I’d love to play Origin. I haven't played any rep yet, I'm just stoked to be playing first grade," he said.
"But any rep, whether that’s for my nation or for Origin, I’d be very grateful to do that."