Happy hooker

Sege­yaro to make NRL de­but

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - Rugby league writer Michael Thompson michael. thompson@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

JAMES Sege­yaro was one happy lit­tle rake yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing named to make his NRL de­but for the Cow­boys this Mon­day night.

The Cairns Ivan­hoes ju­nior will make his first ap­pear­ance in top-flight footy in a Cow­boys team also fea­tur­ing Kal­ifa Fai Fai Loa af­ter coach Neil Henry posted Michael Bani a nd Ben Jones on Queens­land Cup du­ties this week­end.

Al­though Sege­yaro was put un­der wraps and not avail­able for an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Henry said the 20-year-old debu­tant was ‘‘ ex­tremely happy’’ on re­ceiv­ing the good news he’ll be play­ing against the Mel­bourne Storm at Dairy Farm­ers Sta­dium on Mon­day.

Sege­yaro, who is on the come­back from off-sea­son shoul­der surgery, has been named on the bench for the round three game and will back-up Aaron Payne at hooker while Fai Fai Loa starts on the wing.

Henry said Bani could fight his way back into the first grade team, as with Jones, who the Cow­boys men­tor said would be granted more game time in his ser­vice for the Mackay Cut­ters.

‘‘ He ( Jones) got a try but he was a lit­tle bit lim­ited with his run­ning game. In fact that was his only run for the game, but he’ll get a bit more game time go- ing back to play in the Queens­land Cup as well,’’ Henry said. ‘‘ We need to get him back and hope­fully play­ing close to 80 min­utes of foot­ball.’’

And Bani re­turns to the North­ern Pride on the back of a game even Bani him­self rated not the best of per­for­mances, Henry said.

‘‘ Michael’s de­ter­mined to go back and he’ll play for the ( North­ern) Pride this week­end and put in a good per­for­mance and see if he can push his way back into first grade,’’ he said.

As for two young young men mak­ing their way into first grade, Henry said Sege­yaro and Fai Fai Loa would make the most of their chances.

‘‘ Kal­ifa had some good trial form and he also played well on the week­end down in Rock­hamp­ton and he gets his op­por­tu­nity,’’ he said.

‘‘ He’s an en­thu­si­as­tic young player who had two first-grade games for St Ge­orge last year."

BIG NIGHT: James Sege­yaro will step up a level against the Storm on Mon­day

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