Competition - NRL
Round - 17
Teams – Sea Eagles V Dragons
Date –  4th of July 2016
Venue – Brookvale Oval
Photographer – Cox
Description –

Taupau is his own man

“It was an electric feeling after the game in the dressing sheds.”

That’s how prop Martin Taupau summed up the incredible 15-14 Golden Point win over the Warriors at nib Stadium, Perth, last Saturday.

”To travel that far, we didn’t want to go down by one point. I have to give credit to Daly Cherry-Evans and our forwards.”

And as for the amazing charge down by Jake Trbojevic, Taupau was full of praise for the lock’s outstanding efforts.

“He was the game changer from the very get go. Amazing tackles, amazing runs, the last play to charge down and regather the ball,’’ Taupau said.

“Jake carries himself very well. He is a very level headed player and very mature for his age.”

In fronting the media, Taupau was asked about his own game and how he plans to control his aggression following a recent suspension.

“I don’t know what you guys (the media) want me to change. I am not going to change my aggression,’’ Taupau said, bluntly.

“It is just the player I am. I like to come out and try and do my job, be that type of player to bring that aggression.

“It is what we need. We have got the right balance of players in our team. I will just go out there and just do what I do.”

Taupau was then asked about his ‘rivalry’ with South Sydney’s Burgess brothers. Would he try and repeat what Sydney Roosters forward Dylan Napa did to them recently at Allianz Stadium this Monday night?

“Everyone wants to do that right. Dylan Napa a few months ago did the same thing. We just need to do our job individually, and together, things will come along. Hopefully we can come away with a win,’’ Taupau said.

Will he ‘lift’ against the Burgess brothers?

“Everyone does that. Everyone wants to be that one person who wants to stand tall against the Burgess brothers,’’ Taupau added.

“They have got another 14 odd players as well. It is not just the Burgess brothers.

“You can’t really replicate what Dylan did. He is about 10 foot tall. He is a big human.

“I just do what I do and run hard, and try to create gaps and opportunities, for our backs to capitalise on.”