Jake Trbojevic makes strong Test debut
Jake Trbojevic became Manly Warringah Sea Eagles’ latest Kangaroo when he turned in a strong performance in Hull today.
Proudly wearing the number 13 jersey, Trbojevic made several solid runs, produced a high work rate in defence, and scored the final try for the Kangaroos in Australia’s 54-12 win over Scotland Bravehearts in the opening match of the Four Nations tournament.
Australia led 30-6 at half-time. Trbojevic made 6 runs, 54 metres, 11 tackles, 1 offloads, and 1 linebreak in the first half after playing the opening 30 minutes.
Trbojevic returned to the field in the 53rd minute. His match stats were 10 runs, 103 metres, 22 tackles, 2 line breaks, 1 try.
Parents Melissa and John Trbojevic were at KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull, to witness their son’s Test debut after flying out of Sydney on Wednesday night.
It came 1147 days after he made his NRL debut for Manly against Penrith at Brookvale Oval on September 8, 2013.
Jake became the 70th Manly player to represent Australia in the Sea Eagles' 70th Year Anniversary. In doing so, Trbojevic is now the 814th player to represent the Kangaroos.
He also became the first Manly junior to make his Test debut for Australia since Anthony Watmough made his Kangaroos debut against Papua New Guinea in Townsville on November 9, 2008. Trbojevic is the first Mona Vale Raiders Club junior to represent his country.
His Test selection caps off a ‘huge month’ for the Trbojevic family after Jake and Tom extended their contracts at the Sea Eagles until the end of 2020.