The right time for Walker and Uate
Their partnership is lethal on the field, and the friendship between Dylan Walker and Akuila Uate is just as dynamic off it.
From early morning breakfasts, coffees, to just making each other laugh, the Walker-Uate right side combination is one Sea Eagles fans are loving just as much as they are.
Searching for his first win after two failed attempts against his old club, Walker was simply brilliant against Souths last night. His speed and offloads were superb in laying on four tries for Uate on his outside.
It was a performance that will certainly bring the former Australian Test centre into strong calculations to earn himself another NSW Origin jersey.
Walker couldn’t hide his smile when speaking about the win.
“It is pretty good to get a win over the boys. This was a game I wanted to win really badly. I want to win every week, but against the old boys, you want to get that win, so you put in a little extra. We were lucky enough to do that,’’ Walker said.
Walker then paid credit to his good mate ‘Choc’ Uate and opened up on their close friendship.
“He was in the right spot at the right time. Choc is a good character and the boys love having him around. He’s a good fella,’’ Walker said.
“A couple of the boys might think we are the two characters of the side. ‘Choc’ has got a lot of energy and I have got a lot of energy that we bring around the place, so we probably feed off each other in that perspective.
“We are good mates off the field, and catch up for early morning breakfasts or coffees. I love having ‘Choc’ around me.”
Walker also praised Uate for his ability to bounce back after struggling at the Newcastle Knights last year.
“Some people tend to forget what he has done in the game. He has won Dally M winger three times, so that’s pretty special to have a player like that come to your club,’’ Walker added.
“Coming to a new club and a new environment, he has probably found some fire in his belly and he is playing extraordinary the past couple of weeks.
“He us a footballer and he wants to win. He was playing NSW Cup (for the Knights). Someone like him, you wouldn’t expect it.
“He has come here, found a home, and the boys love having him around. He is playing some good footy.”