The weekend saw round 3 of the NRL back up and running without crowds, after a 9 week break due to the coronavirus. The Norths Devils had an influence in 3 teams, with 4 2019 players appearing throughout the games.
Ethan Bullemor and Herbie Farnworth played for the Broncos in their Thursday night loss to the Eels at Suncorp Stadium. Ethan replaced captain Alex Glenn after a first-half injury and played the rest of the game in the second row. Herbie featured in the second-half on the wing, and produced a big shot on Clinton Gutherson to prevent a try.
Due to injuries and suspensions, Broncos coach Anthony Siebold announced on Monday that both players will be promoted to the starting line-up to play against the Roosters this Thursday night.
Norths Devils 2019 Best Back winner, Troy Dargan, made his NRL debut starting at five-eighth for the Rabbitohs on Friday night against the Roosters in Sydney. Although the Rabbitohs lost, Dargan showed confidence in a heated battle and will no doubt continue to prove himself as an asset to the South Sydney club in the future.
After heading to New Zealand to train and trial with the Warriors during pre-season, Jamayne Taunoa-Brown had an impressive start to the year, featuring in both the Perth 9s competition and the NRL All Stars match for the Indigenous side.
Starting on the bench in two tough loses in rounds 1 and 2, he was a starting prop on Sunday when the Warriors came up against the Dragons. Jamayne scored the first try of the match, helping the Warriors to beat the Dragons 18 nil.
Coach Steve Kearney had praise for Jamayne and fellow rookies saying “Those young guys have worked really hard during the pre-season, I’ve got trust they can get a job done for us and they’ve gone out there and done that.”
Norths Devils are proud to provide players an opportunity and pathway to further their playing careers and reach the NRL level.