Bunty Afoa

  1. j2004
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    What is everyone's opinion on holden cup player Bunty Afoa ?

    I strongly believe He needs some nrl time in the next month or so he brings in the real hard work attitude that has been missing quite some time for us.

    You see he gets fatigued hands on the knees but he keeps going always willing to take another hit up players like this we need to monitor and keep and not let go like the past holden cup players who played for us won titles and we let them go

    Great to see brian mclennan on TV today on the commentary we did not give him a fair go he's my favourite I think i read the players turned against him too.

    But since he was sacked how better have our players played ????? No better
     
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    He's a good prospect, but he's not ready for NRL.

    He needs to go through NSW Cup first, and at the moment it's hard to get a game in NSW Cup because despite our first grade results, our NSW Cup side has been pretty stacked.
     
  3. Thread Highlight: Bunty Afoa re-signed until 2019
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    Interesting to note that Bunty Afoa is the only member of the squad who is signed for 2019...

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    Vodafone Warriors secure Kata until 2019

    A contract extension signed today will keep outstanding centre Solomone Kata at the Vodafone Warriors until at least the end of the 2019 NRL season.

    The 21-year-old Tonga international has missed just one of a possible 38 matches since making his first-grade debut against Newcastle in the opening round of the 2015 season.

    The specialist left edge centre, who has 22 tries in his 37 games, was the team’s top try-scorer with 12 last year and he again leads this year with 10 in 13 appearances.

    In confirming Kata’s contract, Vodafone Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro also announced deals for five of the club’s other most promising young players.

    Giant wing Ken Maumalo (21) and 2016 NRL rookie Jazz Tevaga (20) have signed to the end of the 2018 season and the club’s 2015 Vodafone NYC player of the year Bunty Afoa (19) has been secured to the end of 2019.

    Vodafone Junior Warriors utility Erin Clark (18) and back rower Ofahiki Ogden (20), who have both been given ISP experience this season, have deals to the end of 2017 while prop Patrick Sipley (24), older brother of rookie NRL front rower Toafofoa, also has a one-year deal; Sipley was introduced to the ISP side last season and has again been used by coach Stacey Jones this year.

    “Sol has made fantastic progress jumping straight from the NYC into the NRL last year,” said Iro.

    “He has proved to be not only one of the game’s most damaging centres but also one of the most consistent. The NRL coaching staff are hugely impressed with him.

    “We’ve moved to secure him long-term and we’re also delighted with the way Ken, Jazz, Bunty, Erin and Pat are developing. It’s especially pleasing for us seeing Sol, Ken, Jazz, Bunty and Erin come through our NYC side while Pat shows there’s a pathway from local football as well.”

    Kata, Maumalo, Tevaga and Afoa were all in the club’s NYC premiership-winning side in 2014.

    Kata’s rapid rise from rookie to first-choice NRL centre follows an impressive introduction to rugby league after playing First XV rugby union for Sacred Heart College in Auckland.

    After scoring 11 tries in 17 matches in the 2013 NYC season, he was used sparingly in the grade in 2014 as he was developed in the club’s reserve grade side. He returned for the NYC finals, scoring a hat-trick and winning the Jack Gibson Medal in the grand final. He made 34 consecutive NRL appearances following his debut before his run was broken by a one-match suspension last month.

    Maumalo played eight NRL games last year after debuting against Parramatta. He came back into the NRL team for the first time this year replacing the injured Manu Vatuvei for last Sunday’s 12-10 win over the Sydney Roosters; he’s in the side again for this week’s encounter with Cronulla.

    Tevaga, an ISP regular, made the first of his six NRL appearances this season against Melbourne in round three while Afoa, who has played more than 50 NYC games, made his ISP debut last year, was reintroduced to the side last week and has been named to line up in the grade again this week.

    This weekend Clark again starts at loose forward for the NYC side against Cronulla while Sipley is on the bench for the ISP team against North Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium #2 on Saturday.

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    Didn't realise that Bunty was so young. The kid has prospects and if given the right development will go well. Big motor.
     
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    Yeah, big motor was the thing I noticed from what I've seen of him. His first runs the same as his 15th.
     
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    Isn't that because there is a new collective agreement, or massive increase in salary cap coming up in a year or so??
     
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    Not sure but theres actually two players confirmed for the 2019 squad. Bunty Afoa and Solomone Kata...
     
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    Yip big fan.
    My only doubt was if he would be big enough but it seems like he bulked up in the off season- certainly didn't look out of place in the pre season trials.
    I reckon he could already handle first grade if he was thrown in there to play a few minutes- Sipley style.
    Luckily there's no need for that- there's plenty of guys ahead of him and he's only young.
    In a year or two Id expect him to be knocking on the door tho.
     
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    Thought Bunty went pretty well yesterday - didn't seem intimidated and made a nice impact.
     
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    Got some fairly big minutes too...played 35 minutes. More than Lisone and Roache combined!
     
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    Did really well on defense. At one point defending our line he folded someone in half.

    Limited opportunity on attack and not a ton of impact when he got a run, but that will come in time as he plays more NSW Cup/first grade and develops his body/skillset.
     
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    Or we could cut to the chase and debut him this week...

    Well done bunty- took his chance.
     
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    Had a great game last night, didn't realise he was only 19.
    His fitness levels were what surprised me, sprinting back on defence and then coming up with the line was very impressive, couple more years and he will be great.
     
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    So good to see these junior boys progress and get a run in 1st grade.
     
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    Low key, very solid debut. He was out there doing his job well. Can't ask for more than that. Well done, Bunty.
     
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    Looked good in D, I have never seen him as an attacking player anyway so was not surprised to him getting limited runs. That's refreshing considering the past forwards who have come through the last few seasons. Either they are good on D but small (Henry, Taylor), or have good on attack with suss D (Lisone, RFM).
     
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    Excellent D. One of the few who tackled with their shoulders in the first half. His running is not inspiring.
     
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    Rated him on here 2 years ago, as a NYC player to watch; followed him thru the junior grades cause he was one of those Auckland central forwards that gave it back to the south Auckland boys on defense/attack. Only seen him cracked once by older kid when he played a grade up from his proper age group. He can play both ways and IMO is a player who could make it NRL FG. I've spoken to him a few times off the field, I found him to be real mature and sociable to speak with - He took his contract seriously and would follow the club rules unlike other NYC 20's I seen at a league tournament. His attack will come with time - thankfully we have another 2 - 3 forward IMO coming thru our junior system that could make it in FG.
     
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    So happy I started this discussion did not think he would promoted into the nrl is such a short time.
    Bunty can only get better he fitness and very low error rate ( don't think he made an error Saturday night ) is what we needs he's a positive influence .
    It will be interesting to see how long McFadden keeps in the nrl level this year.
    I understand he doesn't have much pace , an offload or a step but the simple things that are in his Game that he's getting right is what is needed to to the team because we weren't doing the simple things right when we were in a bit of a bad hole
     
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    I liked what I saw. It does highlight to me why I (and others) are a little concerned about our backrow though.

    With Palavi/Lane/Ali/Lousi likely to all depart and the continuing question mark over Henry, we're essentially an injury away from having to rely on Afoa on a week to week basis next year. Quality foundation who will improve with time, but it would be pretty unfair to expect that of him so early in his career.