Sauaso Sue

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Sauaso Sue
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Sue playing for the Tigers in 2013.
Personal information
Nickname Jesse[1]
Born (1992-04-20) 20 April 1992 (age 24)
Otahuhu, New Zealand
Height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 107 kg (16 st 12 lb)
Playing information
Position Lock, Prop, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013– Wests Tigers 78 6 0 0 24
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–16 Samoa 8 1 0 0 4
As of 14 March 2016
Source: [2]

Sauaso Sue (born 20 April 1992) is a New Zealand professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Wests Tigers in the National Rugby League. A Samoa national representative, he plays at lock, prop and second-row.

Early years[edit]

Born in Otahuhu, New Zealand, Sue is of Samoan descent. Sue moved to Australia as a 2-year old and attended James Meehan High School located in Sydney's south west. Sue played his junior football for the Macquarie Fields Hawks before being signed by the Wests Tigers. Sue played for the Wests Tigers NYC team in 2011 and 2012,[3] and was a member of the team that won the grand final in 2012.[4][5] In October 2012, Sue played for the Junior Kiwis.[6]

Playing career[edit]

2013[edit]

In Round 6 of the 2013 NRL season Sue made his NRL debut for the Wests Tigers against the St. George Illawarra Dragons off the interchange bench in the Tigers 13-12 loss at SCG.[7] He was a regular in first grade for the rest of the season, playing in 17 games, and was one of the Wests Tigers most effective defenders.[8] Coach Mick Potter said, "His defence is outstanding but what is even more impressive is that he wins the tackles. He doesn't get beaten on the ground. As well as being aggressive he dominates his tackles and that comes from his leg-drive and his strength." In Round 14 against the Brisbane Broncos, Sue scored his first NRL career, and only season, try.[9]

At the end of the regular season, Sue was selected at international level for the Samoans in the 2013 World Cup. Sue appeared in all 4 games that the Samoans played at the tournament, scoring a try against Papua New Guinea.

2014[edit]

Sue finished off the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 18 matches. In September, Sue was selected for the New Zealand Kiwis and Samoa Four Nations train-on squads.[10][11] He was subsequently selected in the Samoan final 24 man squad.[12][13] On 23 October 2014, Sue alongside Samoa teammates Reni Maitua and Tautau Moga were fined $10,000 for their involvement in a brawl in at a nightclub at Fortitude Valley.[14] The trio were dropped for 2 matches but later returned to play against New Zealand in Samoa's 16-12 loss at Toll Stadium in Whangarei, New Zealand.[15]

2015[edit]

On 23 January 2015, Sue was named in the Wests Tigers 2015 Auckland Nines squad.[16] On May 2 2015, Sue played for Samoa in the 2015 Polynesian Cup. He played a personal best 23 games for the Wests Tigers, only missing one game due to a shoulder injury, and had stints starting at both prop and as a second-rower.[17]

2016[edit]

In February, Sue played for the Tigers in the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines.[18] On 7 May, he played for Samoa against Tonga in the 2016 Pacific Test.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Junior Kiwis team named". Rleague.com. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Sauaso Sue rugbyleagueproject.org
  3. ^ "Sauaso Sue player results, scores, news and statistics". Rleague.com. 1992-04-20. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  4. ^ Joe Barton. "Wests Tigers claim maiden Toyota Cup premiership with 46-6 victory over Canberra at ANZ Stadium". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  5. ^ "Wests Tigers thrash Canberra Raiders to take Toyota Cup title". Heraldsun.com.au. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  6. ^ "NZRL". NZRL. 10 October 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  7. ^ "Jamie Soward field goal for St George Illawarra steals victory against Wests Tigers". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  8. ^ Brock Corfe (20 August 2013). "Young guns - Sauaso Sue". weststigers.com.au. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  9. ^ Laine Clark. "Brisbane Broncos return to winner's circle with 32-12 win over Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Six players added to Kiwis squad". Radionz.co.nz. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Samoa train on squad announced". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad". NRL.com. 7 October 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Toa Samoa name Four Nations squad". Zero Tackle. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Samoa's Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue fined £5,500 after trio was dropped for Four Nations opene". Dailymail.co.uk. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Match Report; New Zealand v Samoa - 1st November 2014". Sky Sports. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "WESTS TIGERS NAME 2015 NINES SQUAD". Rugby League Week. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  17. ^ Alicia Newton and Dan Talintyre. "2015 Season Review: Sauaso Sue". weststigers.com.au. 
  18. ^ Tim Williams. "Tigers place stars on ice for NRL Auckland Nines campaign". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  19. ^ "Samoa too good for Tonga in fiery Pacific Test clash at Pirtek Stadium". Dailytelegraph.com.au. 2016-05-07. Retrieved 2016-05-08. 

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