Watene-Zelez­ni­aks’ broth­erly loves ends in car park

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL -

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.

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