Watene-Zelezniaks’ brotherly loves ends in car park
MALAKAI Watene-Zelezniak will hitch a ride with his brother, Dallin, just hours before trying to “put a shot” on his little sibling on Thursday night.
The opponents will head to the game together as Malakai’s Wests Tigers take on Dallin’s Penrith side.
Malakai said he had no qualms about riding shotgun with his brother as the pair live so close together.
“He is around the corner from me so I’ll get him to swing by and pick me up and we’ll go to the game together,” Malakai said. “Our wives will come together after us but Dal will swing by and get me. We are both pretty relaxed. We have a great love for each other. It’s not really an intense feeling.
“We’re just excited being on the same field as each other. It’s a 10-minute drive (to Panthers Stadium). He’s sponsored by Volvo, so he will be rocking up in the sports car.”
While the brothers will be happy to travel together, the same can’t be said for the Cleary family who, despite liv- ing under the same roof, will go to the game in separate cars.
After playing alongside each other for Malakai’s debut last year, the pair ended up squaring off following Malakai’s mid-season switch to the Tigers.
Dallin enjoyed bragging rights last time, crossing twice in Penrith’s 28-14 win. But Malakai is after more than two competition points.
“If I win he is going to do my dishes for a week,” Malakai said.
“We went up against each other on the same wings (last year). He is play- ing fullback on Thursday so it’ll be a bit more of a relief not going up against him. But if he runs at me I’m going to try and put a shot on him.”
Dallin has established himself as one of the game’s premier sledgers. But Malakai — who was a self-confessed older brother bully when the pair were growing up — isn’t expecting a spray.
“(Our family) sit on the fence,” said Malakai, who returned from a hip injury in the win over North Queensland. “They have a jumper that’s half Penrith, half Tigers.”
Brothers and opponents Malakai and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.