Jazz Tevaga

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    NRL: Warriors' rookie Jazz Tevaga was shocked by call-up
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    Jazz Tevaga impressed in his first NRL outing for the Warriors against Melbourne Storm on Sunday. Photo/Getty.

    Warriors hooker Jazz Tevaga admits he was shocked to learn he would be making his NRL debut, just 24 hours before taking the field in Sunday's narrow defeat to Melbourne Storm.

    Tevaga had just finished training with the Warriors Intrust Super Cup side on Saturday, when he was told to join first grade for their captain's run.

    The 20-year-old admitted he felt hard done by, before learning he would be starting in place of Kiwis test No9 Issac Luke, who was ruled out of the match with a knee injury.

    "I was a bit pissed off," laughed Tevaga.

    "I was like 'nah, I've just finished training, I don't want to train again!' Little did I know I'd be debuting, so I'm thankful for the opportunity.

    "Cappy (coach Andrew McFadden) called me over and he told me 'you are starting for us, mate'.

    "I swore, I said, 'what the f'. I was just in complete shock."

    Once the news had sunk in, he then had to inform his loved ones, but had to stress the importance of keeping his promotion under wraps.

    The prospect of making his first start in the big time excited him, but the thought of lining up against Storm, Queensland and Kangaroos captain Cameron Smith, made for an long and agonising wait.

    "I told my family but told them they couldn't post it (on social media)," he said. "Mum was a bit annoyed because she always posts stuff about me, but it was all good.

    "He's (Smith) the best hooker in the world, (so) it was a dream come true, playing against players like that.

    "I didn't get to sleep until about 4 o'clock this morning. I didn't have much to eat for breakfast and I was nervous all day."
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    Jazz Tevaga overcame a head-clash with halfback Jeff Robson and went on to get through 59 minutes against the Storm. Photo/Getty.

    The challenge became harder still, when bench No9 Nathaniel Roache was assisted from the park with an ankle injury, which required him to play 59 minutes.

    He got through 33 tackles with only one miss, and looked good with the ball in hand, while he also impressed senior players with his resilience after passing a concussion test following a nasty head clash with halfback Jeff Robson.

    "We want tough players and Jazz is certainly one of them," said captain Ryan Hoffman.

    "I just said, 'mate, they're going to be coming at you, so you've going to have to stick your body in front and be ready for it and grit your teeth'.

    "And to his credit he did. He didn't need me saying that, I was just giving him a pat on the back and let him know we were all with him."

    Tevaga downplayed his contribution and the numerous facial cuts and bruises which left him visibly scarred, saying it was all part of the deal of playing dummyhalf.

    "I thought I handled myself pretty well. I've got guys like Benny Mat's (Matulino) and big Bull (Lillyman) protecting me in the middle so I was alright."

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    Played exceptionally well for a late call up debutant. His defense was rock solid.

    The trick now is to back it up the following week.
     
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    and that was him on no sleep and no breakfast.
    GEE UP SON.
     
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    Onya Mate, awesome debut and what any great player would do and feel.

    Look forward to a long and illustrious career from you.
     
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    This guy performed over and above all my expectations. When he left the field I had this 'you have nothing more to prove' feeling. Dude is hearty, he'l die for his boys on the field. Trouble is, when Luke is eventually back hmmm.. Some good competition for spots there huh. Im backing Tevaga as of now lol
     
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    It was interesting to hear that he had spent some time with Luke in the off season. Must admit he wasn't on my radar as a hooker. Most of his time in U20 and NSW Cup was at backrow. Ups to whichever of the coaches got that underway. Only one game in but he certainly gave a good account of himself. Tough bugger.
     
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    He looks a tuff player with heart. Look foreword to seeing him develop and hopefully his enthusiasm and toughness can inspire those around him on the feild
     
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    Loved his game.
     
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    So did Luke injure himself on the captains run or not? (or during the time it was happening)
    Because he got the call up for the captians run before it started. (I'm probably just reading too much into this.)
     
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    Apparently it was an MCL injury during the captains run.
     
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    Tevaga should have a good game come monday, should be interesting to see how he goes after playing against a benchmark side in the storm. Im excited as
     
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    "I was a bit pissed off," laughed Tevaga.

    "I was like 'nah, I've just finished training, I don't want to train again!' Little did I know I'd be debuting, so I'm thankful for the opportunity.

    "Cappy (coach Andrew McFadden) called me over and he told me 'you are starting for us, mate'.

    "I swore, I said, 'what the f'. I was just in complete shock."



    We need to find a way to change the mindset of the apprentices, whereby when the bosses tells the apprentice to cop some unfair treatment....do massive extra's, the apprentice sucks it up and sweeps the workshop floors, makes cups of tea...and stays late after work.

    I think the missing element is a winning top side.

    The idea of cracking it at the Warriors needs a top four reality to drive the minions to throw themselves at extra responsibility without questioning.

    At the moment no one on the lower rung is inspired to see making fg as reaching the impossible dream.


    To Tevanga's credit, once he got there.....he played like he was living the dream.
     
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    Yep Change the Thought Change the result.
     
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    So how was Jazz called up before the run to replace Luke if Luke wasn't injured yet?
     
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    Luke was injured during the captain's run, Jazz was called in during the captains run.

    NSW Cup training and Warriors training probably overlapped.
     
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    Ex-Chevalier Tevaga's NRL debut caps meteoric rise
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    Jazz Tevaga added his name to the list of Christchurch-born rugby league players to crack the NRL on Sunday, making a memorable debut at hooker for the Warriors in their brave Round 3 loss to Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart Stadium.

    While he is a Papakura Sea Eagles junior, Tevaga spent the first few years of his life in Canterbury – and laced on his first pair of footy boots at four years old for the proud Burnham Chevaliers club.

    Tevaga played with the Nikorima brothers, Brisbane Broncos utility and incumbent New Zealand Test halfback Kodi and Sydney Roosters five-eighth and Junior Kangaroos rep Jayden, in the Chevaliers’ junior ranks while their fathers were based at Burnham Military Camp in the late-1990s.

    He recalls watching his father play for the Chevaliers’ senior team before the family moved to the North Island.

    Drafted into the Warriors’ Under-20s squad early in 2014 after impressing in an open trial, Tevaga starred at lock in the club’s NYC grand final triumph that year – coincidentally, with Kodi and Jayden Nikorima in the vanquished Broncos side.

    Small for a backrower, he developed into a promising hooker at NSW Cup level in 2015, assuming the No.9 jumper for the second-tier outfit this season. His recent elevation to NRL status – following an injury to star dummy-half Issac Luke – came as a massive surprise, however.

    “After NSW Cup training (on Saturday), we were going through our final run-through and the manager came over and told me I needed to go and train with first grade,” Tevaga said.

    “‘Cappy’ (coach Andrew McFadden) pulled me over and told me I was starting. I was shocked.”

    Tevaga produced an eye-catching display in top company. He played 59 minutes of the torrid encounter, due to an injury suffered by interchange hooker Nathaniel Roache, who himself debuted in Round 1.

    The 21-year-old reeled off 30 tackles – without recording a miss – and impressed with his confidence with the ball in hand, making five probing dummy-half bursts. Despite an extremely limited build-up, Tevaga combined seamlessly with the Warriors’ ball-runners and playmakers.

    He also demonstrated his toughness by returning to the fray after being sandwiched between teammates Jacob Lillyman and Jeff Robson, and leaving the field to undergo a concussion test. Earlier, he stayed on the field after receiving treatment following a punishing late tackle by Kenny Bromwich.

    The softly spoken youngster played down his immense contribution to the Warriors’ much-improved performance in the 21-14 loss to the ladder-leading Storm – but he was certainly satisfied when asked for an appraisal of his maiden NRL outing.

    “Yeah, stoked. I’m just thankful for the opportunity to debut in front my family and friends, and a home crowd.”

    Tevaga, who took the field in the No.24 jumper to become Warrior #209, did not appear overawed in the slightest at debuting opposite arguably the greatest hooker in premiership history, Melbourne, Queensland and Australian skipper Cameron Smith.

    It was, however, another highlight that capped off a momentous day for the rookie.

    “(Smith’s) been one of my idols for a few years, being the best hooker – I think – in the league,” Tevaga beamed.

    “To debut against someone like him was a dream come true.”

    Tevaga faces plenty of competition for a spot at hooker or on the Warriors’ first-grade bench, with Luke certain to return from injury in the No.9 and the versatile Roache boasting the ability to play several positions. Vastly experienced Test hooker/half Thomas Leuluai will also be gunning for a place in the 17 when he makes a belated comeback from a long-term knee injury.

    But if Sunday’s effort was any gauge, McFadden won’t hesitate to call upon Tevaga again in 2016.

    WILL EVANS – CANTERBURY RUGBY LEAGUE

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    Reviving an old thread. I am certain Jazz deserves to be signed and on contract with the Warriors. Assessing the performances he has outlayed for the team and the fans, he deserves a contract immediatly
    Definitely a future number 9 for our club !!
     
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    Big motor, Bigger heart - Sign him up
     
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    Definitely impressed by the kid. I liked him from the moment I heard his name and story during a trial game a while back. Hopefully he continues to kick on.
     
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    Who was the last genuine hooker that we've produced who has shown this much at such a young age? Definitely a keeper I say!!!