Tom Robin­son, All Black prospect

The Northland Age - - Sport -

First week into the Aus­tralian­based NRL league com­pe­ti­tion, the Auck­land War­riors look like real cham­pi­ons, smash­ing the Can­ter­bury Bull­dogs. Week 2, “duds”, em­bar­rass­ingly out­played by the West Tigers 34-6.

It was a hor­ri­ble per­for­mance by a side who looked so classy in their first match. Sure, it was wet and the han­dling mis­takes were for­giv­able, but the whole side lacked en­thu­si­asm and that killer in­stinct. In fact, dur­ing the sec­ond half, they gave up. It’s a disappoint­ing re­sult for coach Stephen Kear­ney and as­sis­tant Stacey Jones. Dur­ing the sum­mer fit­ness pro­gramme, they looked fit, but when it came to pres­sure play, where the Tigers were bril­liant, the War­riors fell apart. On Satur­day in Christchur­ch, which will be an emo­tional match, it’s Manly. It’s a must win. If the War­riors fail again, they can for­get about their fans.

Big con­grat­u­la­tions to the or­gan­is­ers of the Snap­per Bo­nanza fish­ing con­test, John Ste­wart and Dave Col­lard. It was a cracker of a week where 1000 fish­er­men con­verged on to the 90 Mile Beach. There were some good snap­per caught. The whole event had Kaitaia buzzing with plenty of money be­ing spent here. The first two days were when most of the fish were caught. Word was, with so many fish­er­men in the wa­ter, they scared the fish away. The no­to­ri­ous Far North three, Fred Pet­rice­vich, Mate Covich and Dean Rado­jkovich man­aged to get out on to a sand­bank at low tide which fished into deeper wa­ter. The re­sult? A bin full of ka­hawai. Greg Shine, over from Syd­ney and keen as ever, hooked in to the parore. It was great to see Far North

"Very ag­gres­sive and eas­ily no­ticed by his long red hair, Robin­son has speed and ex­cep­tional ball skills. "

born Dave Rameka take out the $30,000 with a 7.90kg snap­per. A great fam­ily name here, it was Dave’s first time on the stage and he has been do­ing this event for the past 30 years plus.

Kerik­eri’s Tom Robin­son is the big find in the Blues’ for­ward pack. A re­place­ment for Jerome Kaino on the blind­side flank, his rig­or­ous per­for­mances could see him knock­ing on the door for an All Black berth. Very ag­gres­sive and eas­ily no­ticed by his long red hair, Robin­son has speed and ex­cep­tional ball skills. At 1.95m, a good li­ne­out jumper, the guy has so much con­fi­dence. He loves mix­ing it in with the heavy stuff and as he said, “I al­ways be­lieve in my­self. If you don’t, no one else will!” What a guy. And that’s how Mat sees it..

PIC­TURE / TA­NIA WHYTE

Tom Robin­son.

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