Uate's happiness shines through
Sea Eagles winger Akuila Uate is in a very happy place.
Fresh from scoring four tries in the 46-8 win over South Sydney at Allianz Stadium, Uate says he is enjoying life on the northern beaches, as well as feeding off right centre Dylan Walker, who set up all four of his tries.
The last time Uate scored four tries was against South Sydney in round 26, 2011, when he was playing for Newcastle Knights.
“The togetherness of this team, all of those tries. I was just feeding off ‘Walks’. He is a freak,’’ Uate said.
“I am always by his side supporting him because I know the ball will come to me sooner or later. It is something we have worked on since round three. The first two rounds were hard as I was trying to get my combinations right with ‘Walks’.
“It has picked up now.
“The things he does on the field, he does it at training. I am truly grateful for how we are working together, ‘Walkz’ is very confident.”
Uate also thanked Manly coach Trent Barrett for his faith in him after the pair worked together at Country and NSW Origin level before bringing him to the Sea Eagles this season.
“I have had so many coaches in my career at Newcastle. You have got to be happy and just do your job. If you don’t do your job, you are not happy at all,’’ Uate said.
“That’s one of the things ‘Baz’ told me. To just do your job.”
Uate’s four try haul against Souths has lifted his tally to six tries in eight games, quickly making him a favourite amongst the Manly fans.
“The fans are there every weekend. They can pull you down, and pull you up too. You just have to keep thanking them every game, and clapping them, win or lose,’’ Uate said.
“I enjoy going to the fence after the game and clapping them. It is something I used to do at Newcastle, and I won’t go away from it.”