Rep weekend wrap-up
After scoring four tries for the first time in round eight, Peta Hiku was rewarded with his debut Test jersey against world champions Australia.
The Sea Eagles winger showed his class on the world stage with an impressive Test debut, as the Kiwis almost pulled off an unlikely victory at Allianz Stadium.
Despite Cherry-Evans’ minimal impact on the game, many expects believe it won’t be long before the Manly ace is called upon to start in the halves.
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Origin hopefuls Jorge Taufua and Jamie Buhrer did their Blues selection chances no harm as they helped their side to a memorable draw in Dubbo.
Proud Samoan forwards Dunamis and Jesse Sene-Lefao featured in an entertaining 32-16 win over Pacific rivals Fiji on Sunday.
There was no shortage of passion and competition as the pair drew inspiration from the boisterous 9,063 fans in Penrith to help Samoa secure their place alongside the league’s heavyweights at this year’s Four Nations tournament.
The NSW under-20’s continued their State of Origin domination over Queensland. Manly prospects Jake Trbojevic and Clinton Gutherson were again at their best, with Trbojevic even setting up a try with a neat grubber kick for teammate Jake Mamo.
Gutherson showed great goal line defence, saving a number of tries and also producing some silky ball skills.
Rep weekend results
AUSTRALIA 30 (B Morris 2 G Bird C Cronk G Inglis tries J Thurston 5 goals) bt NEW ZEALAND 18 (J Bromwich T Harris S Moa tries S Johnson 3 goals).
COUNTRY 26 (D Mead 2 K Gordon J Idris J McManus trues T Roberts 3 goals) drew with CITY 26 (J Reynolds D Topou 2 A Fifita W Hopoate tries A Reynolds 3 goals).
SAMOA 32 (Manumaleali'i 3, Tuimavave, Vidot tries Inu 5 goals) bt FIJI 16 (Naiqama, Storer, Tuqiri tries Tuqiri 2 goals).