Fiji Time: 3:29 AM on Tuesday 21 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Moa surprises Kite in first meeting

Aap
Saturday, July 19, 2014

SYDNEY - Playing for Manly last year in a trial match, Brent Kite took one look at Sydney Roosters prop Sam Moa and sized him up as an easy target.

Kite didn't recognise the stocky front-rower and figured he was a rookie ripe for the picking.

But one hit-up in, and Kite's ribs discovered he was hugely mistaken.

Moa hadn't been in nappies, but in the north of England building a reputation as a noted hard man after leaving Cronulla after just one game in 2008.

Kite now props up the Penrith scrum, and the veteran fully appreciates the up-front battle he faces against Moa — as the Panthers look to prove their credentials against the defending premier Roosters on Saturday at Allianz Stadium.

Eighteen months on from their first encounter, Kite says he rates 27-year-old Moa as a new benchmark for NRL props.

But in a Tongan representative camp last year, Kite felt he had to make a sheepish confession to his countryman.

"I got caught out with Sam because when he came back to Australia he had a trial game last year and for some reason I thought he was a young kid," Kite recalls.

"I kept running at him thinking he might be an easy target. But I soon found out he's one of the real tough hitters and one of the great ball runners in the game today. I told him that at a Tongan camp and he had a chuckle."

Moa has since transferred his allegiance to New Zealand and was outstanding in their loss to Australia in the May Test.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64210.6231
JPY 55.908252.9082
GBP 0.39310.3851
EUR 0.46130.4493
NZD 0.68790.6549
AUD 0.64220.6172
USD 0.49190.4749

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 20th February, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Family given son's post mortem exam results
  2. $95,000 payout
  3. Race against time
  4. Day of fate
  5. Commemorative service inappropriate
  6. Islanders relive Winston ordeal
  7. Torrential rain floods Lautoka
  8. Teenager laid to rest
  9. Tonga's Queen Mother dies at 90
  10. Men in court

Top Stories this Week

  1. Villagers burn objects used for 'witchcraft' at village cleansing Saturday (18 Feb)
  2. Man dies in custody Saturday (18 Feb)
  3. "I just love him" Tuesday (14 Feb)
  4. Life in prison Thursday (16 Feb)
  5. Family given son's post mortem exam results Monday (20 Feb)
  6. A lifetime try as Jasa weds sweetheart Saturday (18 Feb)
  7. Four new finds Tuesday (14 Feb)
  8. No more sleeping in car Saturday (18 Feb)
  9. A canecutter to a restaurateur Tuesday (14 Feb)
  10. Mum dies from burns Tuesday (14 Feb)