Uate sets target
28 February, 2018, 12:00 am
SYDNEY – His first season at the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles resulted in Akuila Uate scoring more tries than he had in four years.
At the height of his powers in nine seasons with the Newcastle Knights, Uate grabbed 15 tries in his 24 Telstra Premiership club games in 2013.
It was leaner pickings after that, but a switch to Manly in 2017 and he became the northern beaches club’s top scorer with 14 tries from 24 games — a far cry from 2016 with Newcastle (one try from 10).
“I didn’t know that,” Uate told NRL.com about returning to the glory days of being a reliable try-scorer.
“After all, he won the Dally M winger of the years three times in a row from 2010 to 2012.
“It’s probably because of the great bunch of players around me that set up the try for me. My job is to finish that off.”
Obviously, a happier Uate in a different environment was also at the root of his renewed ability to score points.
He doesn’t put any of it down to the fact wingers are doing more of the razzle-dazzle by the day — the twisting, airborne bodies defying gravity to get the ball over the line.