Albert Vete

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    Played Premier footy for Mangere East in 2012, after he was dropped from 20's; 1st game was against Otara and Albie got hammered that day - fittest forward on the paddock though,so we played him at center, disaster lol
     
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    I like Vete. From the few interviews I have seen he sounds modest and intelligent. On top of that he has size and makes an impact on the field.
     
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    He's got the same physical stats as Packer, with more muscle and less jail time. I really hope this dude makes the transition. I'm picking him to debut this season.
     
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    My only criticism of Vete last year was a good running forward who has nothing left in the tank on D.

    That's only based on a handful of games. But I suspect his career will be defined by his ability to up his tackling rate.....Like so many other U20's products....great runners......

    He is smart , articulate, rounded in his interests , and an important role model in the league community. He's a bit short in stature , but that means nothing when you are as wide as the proverbial barn door.

    Fitness could see him make a big impact in the NRL. Fortunately for Albert , Elliot has the younguns playing NSW Cup.
     
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    Just needs to tone up hard. He is far too big and carrying more weight then his motor can take. He is still a good season away from NRL level but he will get there...
     
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    1 ON 1 | Vete talks debut
    Mon 9th March, 08:03PM
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    Vodafone Warriors prop Albert Vete impressed in his NRL debut appearance against Newcastle on Saturday. Image | Link has been hidden. Please Register to view.

    This morning a group of players visited Kingsford Primary School with generous club sponsor DTR who donated the players 2014 tablets for use in the classrooms. Ngani Laumape spoke to Albert Vete after giving the kids a lesson on their new learning devices regarding his NRL debut in Rd1 against the Knights.

    Check out a few of Vete's key stats below.

    Minutes | 52

    Tackles | 18

    Runs | 19

    Metres | 125

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    Good call haha
     

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    League: Rookie Warrior revelling in NRL life after jump from 15-aside code
    5:00 AM Saturday May 23, 2015
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    Albert Vete has been a near-constant on coach Andrew McFadden's bench since his debut in round one this year. Photo / Getty Images

    Warriors rookie Albert Vete looks every bit the typical NRL frontrower, however looks can be deceiving.

    Sure, at 1.88m and 110kg Vete has the physical presence to mix it with the toughest and meanest men in the game but there is another, deeper side to the hard-running 22-year-old Tongan international.

    Newcomers to first grade often look like they'd rather be anywhere else when confronted by reporters.

    In those situations it's not uncommon to hear the same old cliched replies to what are probably the same old cliched questions, but a conversation with Vete flows very smoothly and it's quickly apparent the former schoolboy rugby star has plenty to say.

    "That comes down to me going to St Kentigern's," Vete explains of his penchant for discussion. "They're obviously a pretty prestigious school and it was there that I picked up how to speak properly and they are huge on that sort of stuff.

    "With the first XV coverage on television now, when they were interviewing captains you had to learn how to speak correctly, so that's probably where it came from.

    "Also, I'm studying a bachelor of physical education at Auckland University. I've always wanted to help young people, especially young Pacific Islanders, so I thought teaching would be a good way to do that," he said.

    And while Vete continues his off-field education he admits he was surprised by how much he had to learn when he changed codes to join the Warriors under-20s side back in 2012.

    Making the shift from the No 8 or loose forward rugby role to playing prop in the 13-man game was not as simple as he had imagined.

    "I thought it would be straightforward - get the ball and run forward, run back onside - it looked straightforward to me," he said.

    "But when I came here I found it was really difficult and there was a lot of stuff that I needed to learn, but I'm loving it.

    "Would I go back to rugby? I don't know. Maybe in the future, but at the moment I'm loving league."

    And why wouldn't he? Since debuting alongside fellow frontrower Sam Lisone against Newcastle in round one, Vete has been a near-constant on coach Andrew McFadden's bench.

    A round eight demotion to NSW Cup was taken on the chin and Vete admits the chance to play a longer stint in the second-tier competition was a positive.

    "Obviously I'm still new to league so I'm still trying to get the gist of playing first grade and all the little stuff that people don't see that frontrowers do.

    "There were a few things I needed to work on in terms of my defence but it was a good way for me to get some more minutes in as well. At the time, I hadn't been playing much time in first grade and it was a good chance for me to build that base again."

    And although senior props Ben Matulino and Jacob Lillyman continue to set the benchmark, Vete and Lisone have been so impressive that experienced campaigner Suaia Matagi was forced to seek a release to join the Sydney Roosters in an effort to find some game time.

    "I'm really sad to see him go. He's a wonderful guy, very talented, and just the way he has turned his life around has been really inspiring for me, coming from a similar background.

    "Obviously it opens up the door for me and Sammy but it just goes to show the competition for positions in the front row is so high.

    "Suaia will go well and he deserves to be playing in first grade so it's a good move for him."

    Establishing himself further and consolidating his place in the top side throughout the remainder of the year is now Vete's sole focus.

    "My goal coming into the year was to play first grade and now I've played a couple of games my goal has changed into improving and being more consistent. The most important thing for me is to keep building and keep improving.

    "That was probably what let me down last year. I had a few good games in NSW Cup and then I'd have a few bad games, so I'm trying to build that consistency to stay in first grade. It's a good place to be."


    Albert Vete


    Born: 24/01/1993
    Height: 1.88m
    Weight: 110kg
    Position: Prop
    NRL debut: Round one 2015 v Newcastle Knights
    Representative honours: One test for Tonga (2015), Junior Kiwis (2013)

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    snake77 Warriors 1st Grader

    He's been impressive this year. He's really taken to first grade.

    Usually rookies start to fade a little bit. The last round against the Eels was one of his best; some good runs and he even managed to sneak some runs as the world biggest dummy half.

    Hopefully he gets a good rest with the few byes around the Origin period and that form continues.
     
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    Agreed 100%. His effectiveness off the bench has been great (along with his mate Lisone), but it's his consistency that has impressed me. His ability to converse articulately will come in handy in years to come if he kicks on and one day enters the senior leadership group (after we develop one, that is).
     
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    How much better do our forwards look this year?
    Some of it has to be these two new guys,
    I think having the Hoff an bodine is a factor.
    But these two are keepers, an it's good to
    have a prop with a big motor who runs hard,
     
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    The difference i notice with Vete from previous seasons is how much leaner and fitter he's looking.

    Kudo's to the conditioners and the club nutrionist (who i believe has had a big influence in getting body fat ratio's down). Whilst more mobile and energetic Vete hasnt lost any of that imposing frame.
     
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    When James Taylor was released I was a bit interested to see how worked out with Vete. So its good to see him doing so well.

    Great attitude and some healthy ambition. My faith in the warriors juniors is restored...
     
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    League: Vete props up ailing side
    5:00 AM Sunday Sep 6, 2015
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    It's appropriate Albert Vete was likened to former All Blacks prop Olo Brown recently. Vete played rugby — he captained the St Kentigern College 1st XV from No 8 or loose forward — until switching to league four years ago and there are still reminders of his rugby background in the way he plays.

    Against Manly and Wests Tigers recently, the 22-year-old Tongan international barged his way over to score tries from close range after employing a driving, low-running style more commonly seen off the fringes of rucks and mauls in rugby.

    "One of the boys was calling him Olo Brown," fellow prop Ben Matulino laughed.

    "You can tell he's got a rugby background but he's been massive for us. The last couple of weeks, he's been pushing through his limits and his kick-returns against the Cowboys reminded me of [former Warrior Iafeta] Paleaaesina's runs."

    Vete has been one of the bright spots in an otherwise dark end to the Warriors' season.

    He's averaged nearly 90m in each of his 20 games this season with his hard-running style, along with more than 18 tackles a game.

    It's a good return for a player who might not have expected to see much first-grade action this season.

    Vete has been a rock for a Warriors side recently lacking confidence and short on go-forward without suspended Kiwis international Matulino and injured Queensland State of Origin prop Jacob Lillyman.

    Crucially, he has more than held his own playing against some of the best front-rowers in the game, including Matt Scott, James Tamou, Aaron Woods and Martin Taupau and today that challenge includes bruising Bulldogs forwards James Graham, David Klemmer and Sam Kasiano.

    He's certainly risen above his status as an NRL newbie and is even being talked about as a potential Warriors captain-in-waiting.

    "Cappy [coach Andrew McFadden] has given me a challenge in the last couple of weeks to step up and really be a leader and that's what I want to do later on in my career, lead the team," he said.

    "Hopefully one day, I'll get an opportunity to do that. I'm more of a natural leader and I thrive on being put into that leadership role and having to lead the pack. But I've got to keep my head down and do a bit more hard work."

    Second-rower Ryan Hoffman says there are clear signs he could be a future leader at the Warriors.

    "Certainly, you can identify these guys and it's a growth process," said Hoffman. "It's good to see the maturity level more than anything that he's shown in his first year.

    "You don't want to put tags on players too early but he can certainly be a future leader for the club."

    It's not only team-mates who have noticed the subtle rugby influence in Vete's running.

    "I got a text from my brother saying, 'nice pick-and-go try' so that was a bit of a laugh. It's always good to score a try in the NRL, and for props, it doesn't come too often.

    "It has stayed with me. Growing up playing union, it's what you need to do. If you went in running high, you could get held up and lose the ball so it was always an aspect of being a forward in rugby and it has just stuck with me.

    "I've just stuck with that technique and it's worked. Hopefully I'll keep using it and can score a few more."

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    By finals next year he'll be on 50 FG games One of the positives to come out of this season,
     
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    Vete is one of the few highlights of the season. He's played more games than the coaching staff would have liked; lets just hope he trains hard in the off season and carries on and improves next season.

    The last couple of years we have blooded a lot of rookies and we hear they'll be better next season. Either they don't kick on or we release them and replace them with the next lot.

    Vete has been in the system a while and seem like he is pretty level-headed. For a front rower he has the body type we need. Hopefully we have a long term front rower.
     
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    Good prospect with a good running style just hope he doesn't develop habits before the line and is a prop that plays through and after the line, ferocious runner and sound defender with props not hitting their peak until late 20's, last but not least hopefully the fools keep him on for more than 10-15 minute stints. Retain.
     
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    Vete weighs up preseason
    Sun 17th January, 09:20PM

    This time last year front rower Albert Vete was still on trial looking to secure an NRL contract with the Vodafone Warriors.

    Coming through the club's NYC and New South Wales Cup teams in 2012, 2013 and 2014, he was driven to keep his NRL dream alive.

    He did more than that.

    Impressing the coaching staff throughout the offseason and preseason training blocks, Vete first earned a one-year deal for the 2015 campaign.

    Next up were the trials against Gold Coast and Penrith, Vete doing all the right things to clinch his NRL debut as Vodafone Warrior No 197 in the opening round of the season against Newcastle.

    It was to be the first of 21 first-grade appearances in a year in which he also played his first international for Mate Ma'a Tonga against Toa Samoa. By early July his future with the Vodafone Warriors was further secured when he had his contract extended to the end of the 2017 season.

    While 2015 ended in disappointment for the Vodafone Warriors it had a positive lining for Vete but, as he eyes his 23rd birthday on Sunday (January 24), the ex-St Kentigern College First XV captain isn't taking anything for granted heading into his second NRL season.

    In an interview with Vodafone Warriors TV he said the competition for spots within the squad is ultra intense, putting all players on edge.

    While he's doing all he can to be in the best possible shape for 2016, Vete will also pay attention to his university studies.

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    Is he doing something specific or is the business classes that all the Warriors players seem to be forced to take?