Veal Named Southland Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgWeek Four NotesFRISCO, Texas – Southeastern Louisiana’s Marlain Veal is the Southland Conference Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com.Veal helped the Lions (4-3) to a perfect 3-0 week, averaging 15 points per game alongside 6.7 assists per game. All three wins came on the road, including two away wins and one neutral victory in Birmingham, Ala. Southeastern returns to the court Tuesday to host Southern (New Orleans) at 7 p.m. CT before being idle for two weeks, next competing on Dec. 12 at UCF. Honorable Mention: T.J. Holyfield, Stephen F. Austin; Tevon Saddler, Nicholls; Jaren Lewis, Abilene Christian. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Marlain Veal, Southeastern Louisiana – Jr. – Guard – New OrleansVeal led Southeastern to three-straight wins away from home for the first time since 2006 as the junior from New Orleans averaged 15 points, 6.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 4 rebounds on the week. He tied for team-high honors with 22 points in helping his side rally from a 12-point deficit to defeat previously-unbeaten Kent State 70-66 on Tuesday. He also had five rebounds, three assists and three steals. He followed that performance by tying his career high for assists with 10 dishes against Samford in a 77-71 victory. Veal also recorded 14 points to earn his second career double-double. He wrapped up the week with nine points, five rebounds and a team-high seven assists in a 73-59 win over Mississippi Valley State on Saturday.last_img read more

Southland Announces 2019 Preseason All-Conference Baseball Teams

first_img Eddy Gonzalez* Incarnate Word OF Sr. Laredo, Texas Jerry Maddox* Northwestern State P Sr. Dayton, Texas Shane Selman McNeese OF Sr. Lake Charles, La. Kyle Bergeron* Incarnate Word 2B Jr. Bridge City, Texas Tyler Smith* Central Arkanas 1B Sr. Deer Park, Texas Hunter Hearn* Sam Houston State OF Sr. Crosby, Texas Jake Georgiades* Stephen F. Austin 3B Sr. College Station, Texas Cole Coker* Lamar U Jr. Huffman, Texas Beau Bratton* New Orleans C Jr. Biloxi, Miss. Hayden Wesneski* Sam Houston State P Jr. Cyrpess, Texas Enrique Sanchez Jr. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 3B Sr. Houston, Texas Ethan Valdez Nicholls SS Sr. San Antonio, Texas Carlisle Koestler* Southeastern Louisiana P Sr. Vicksburg, Miss. * – Member of 2018 All-Southland Conference Teams Pearce Howard New Orleans OF So. Silver Springs, Md. Corey Gaconi* Southeastern Louisiana P Sr. Metairie, La. J.P. Lagreco* Northwestern State DH Sr. Pearl River, La. Dalon Farkas* Abilene Christian DH Sr. Milton, Ga. Clayton Harp Sam Houston State OF Sr. El Campo, Texas Ryan Flores* Incarnate Word 1B So. Corpus Christi, Texas Itchy Burts* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi OF Sr. League City, Texas FRISCO, Texas – Reigning Newcomer of the Year and Northwestern State senior pitcher Jerry Maddox headlines the 2019 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference baseball teams, announced by the league Tuesday.Incarnate Word, Northwestern State, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all earned a trio of selections while Abilene Christian, McNeese, New Orleans and Stephen F. Austin each earned two picks. Central Arkansas, Lamar and Nicholls each garnered one spot.The Cardinals and Lions lead the first team with a pair of their selections being named to the top list, including Southeastern Louisiana pitcher and two-time all-conference honoree Corey Gaconi. The Metairie, La., native went 7-1 as a member of the Lions’ 2018 rotation and issued just 1.8 walks per nine innings.A San Jacinto Junior College transfer, Maddox worked his way from mid-week starter to weekend rotation staple and posted the Southland’s lowest ERA (1.88) among pitchers with at least 50 innings pitched. He recorded a league-high eight wins, struck out 99 batters over 86 innings and registered a .182 opposing batting average.Among the second-teamers are 2017 Southland Conference Hitter of the Year Shane Selman of McNeese, and 2017 Freshman of the Year and SHSU hurler Hayden Wesneski. A year after being one of the league’s most explosive hitters, Selman still managed to club the third-most home runs in the league (10), despite his average dipping 40 points.A third-team All-Southland pick in 2018, Wesneski finished the year with a 7-3 mark and went at least six innings in 10 of his 15 starts, including each of his last eight, and posted nine quality starts.The 2018 Southland Baseball Preseason Poll will be announced Thursday. The season begins Friday, Feb. 15, with 13 games, starting when Nicholls welcomes Southern Illinois at 1 p.m. CT.Southland preseason all-conference teams are nominated and voted upon by the league’s head coaches. Voting for one’s own athletes is not permitted. Returning all-conference selections from the previous season are automatically named to the preseason teams and may be elevated to higher teams based on available positions.2019 Southland Conference Preseason All-Conference Baseball TeamsFirst Team Second Team Ridge Heisler* Northwestern State P Sr. Mangham, La. Drake Osborn* Texas A&M-Corpus Christi C Jr. Sandia, Texas Name School Pos. Class Hometown Aidan Anderson McNeese P Sr. Beaumont, Texas Cody Grosse* Southeastern Louisiana 2B Sr. Plainfield, Ill. Name School Pos. Class Hometown Manny Vasquez Stephen F. Austin SS Sr. Naco, Ariz. Derek Scott* Abilene Christian U Sr. Abilene, Texaslast_img read more

Garth’s Long-Range Shooting Garners Third Player of the Week Award

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar guard Nick Garth is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.The senior shot 57.9 percent from three and averaged 24 points and 6.5 assists per game in a pair of home wins by the Cardinals, who extended their win streak to seven games, the longest since the 2007-08 season.Lamar (18-12, 11-6 SLC) became the fifth school to punch its ticket to the 2019 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. Garth and the Cardinals wrap up the regular-season at home against rival McNeese at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Nick Garth, Lamar – Senior – Guard – HoustonGarth poured in a game-high 28 points in a 110-75 victory over Houston Baptist, drainng seven of his 10 shots from beyond the arc as Lamar posted the third-most threes in single-game program history (17). The Houston native shot 10-of-19 overall from the field and dished out seven assists.Garth followed it up with another 20-point outing, his sixth in the Cardinals’ last seven games, in an 81-79 triumph over Stephen F. Austin. The last of his 20 points came on a pair of free-throws that sparked a 6-0 run to close the game and Garth snagged four rebounds and added six assists.Honorable Mention: Shannon Bogues, Stephen F. Austin; Ty Dalton, Houston Baptist; Jaylen Franklin, Abilene Christian; Jeremiah Jefferson, Nicholls; Jashawn Talton, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Four Southland Student-Athletes Named CoSIDA Academic All-America

first_imgAdeyemi-Berglund is the 20th student-athlete in school history to be recognized as an Academic All-American by CoSIDA and the first football representative. His selection marks the fifth straight athletic season that Southeastern has had at least one Academic All-America selection.Adeyemi-Berglund was a second team All-Southland Conference selection as a senior, as the leading pass rusher for a SLU defense that ranked among the FCS leaders in tackles for loss and sacks. Adeyemi-Berglund led the Lions with 16.0 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to go with 61 tackles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery.Gibbens is a first-time honoree and Fink was a First Team awardee at the conclusion of the 2018. Fink is the first Wildcat football player to receive this honor in consecutive years since defensive Bill Clayton won his third prize in 1989. Wide receiver Sean Grady also received a spot on the second team that same year.Gibbens, a native of Bulverde, Texas and accounting major with a 4.0 grade-point average was one of three first team linebackers along with Bucknell’s Rick Mottram and Nevada’s Lucas Weber.Fink, a native of Coppell, Texas and finance major will be graduating this Friday, was one of only four wide receivers nationwide named Academic All-America along wide first-team picks Brandon Arconado (Washington State) and Andrew Griffin (Princeton), and fellow second-team honoree Bryce Nunnelly (Chattanooga).Fink leaves ACU with 2,323 career receiving yards on 188 receptions and 14 touchdowns. He ranks seventh all-time at ACU in receiving yardage and third behind Jerale Badon (235) and Taylor Gabriel (215) in catches.Walker achieved a 3.69 GPA as a biochemistry/molecular biology major. He led the FCS with 15.0 sacks for losses totaling 108 yards. Walker recorded 55 tackles overall, 19.5 for losses totaling 134 yards and forced two fumbles.The Slidell, Louisiana, native was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2017 and 2018. Walker was an All-Southland Conference First Team selection and earned all-conference honorable mention as a freshman and has been an academic all-conference selection each of the last two years.To be eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-American consideration, a student-athlete in his or her second year or later at his or her current institution must carry a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher and be a key contributor in competition. The Academic All-American teams are made of first team Academic All-District selections and were voted on by the CoSIDA membership.FIRST TEAMPos.    Name                                  School                                          Yr.       GPA             MajorQB        Justin Herbert (1) ($)         University of Oregon                        Sr.        4.00            General ScienceRB        Travis Brannan                  U.S. Naval Academy                       Sr.        4.00            Ocean EngineeringRB        Ezra Gray                          Alabama State                                 Sr.        4.00            Computer Information SystemsWR       Brandon Arconado            Washington State University            Gr.       3.65            MIS (UG) / MBA (G)WR       Andrew Griffin                    Princeton University                        Sr.        3.82            Computer ScienceTE        Charlie Kolar                      Iowa State University                       Jr.        3.98            Mechanical EngineeringOL        Jacob Bacon (1)                Drake University                               Sr.        4.00            MBAOL        Eric Cal                              U.S. Naval Academy                        Sr.        3.93            ChemistryOL        Adam Holtorf (1)                Kansas State University                   Gr.       3.92/3.80     Business & Agribusiness (G)OL        Jacob Marnin (1)               Southern Illinois University               Gr.       4.00/4.00     Criminology & Criminal JusticeOL        Justin Szuba                      Monmouth University                       So.       4.00            History EducationK          Rodrigo Blankenship         University of Georgia                        Gr.       3.71/3.65     Broadcast Journalism (UG) / Journalism (G)ST        Blake Best (2)                    University of Kentucky                      Sr.        4.00            Economics & FinanceDL        Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund    Southeastern Louisiana University   Sr.        3.81            Exercise ScienceDL        Kyle Finch                          Montana State University                  Jr.        4.00            Mechanical EngineeringDL        Victor Jergens                   Drake University                                Sr.        3.98            FinanceDL        Jack Raines                       Mercer University                              Gr.       3.99            Finance / SpanishLB        Jack Gibbens                    Abilene Christian University               Sr.        4.00            AccountingLB        Rick Mottram                     Bucknell University                             Jr.        4.00            Mechanical EngineeringLB        Lucas Weber                     University of Nevada                         Gr.       4.00            Public Health (UG)/Secondary Education (G)DB        Spencer DeMedal             Duquesne University                         Jr.        3.98            BiologyDB        Kyle Hegedus                    Youngstown State University            Gr.       3.89/4.00    Exercise Science (UG)/Physical Therapy (G)DB        K.J. Smith                           University of North Alabama            Sr.        4.00            Interdisciplinary StudiesDB        Jelani Taylor                     Cornell University                               Sr.        3.95            Hotel AdministrationP          Blake Gillikin (1)                Pennsylvania State University            Sr.        4.00            KinesiologySECOND TEAMPos.     Name                                School                                                   Yr.       GPA             MajorQB       Tom Flacco (*)                Towson University                            Gr.       4.00/3.80   Applied Information Technology (G)RB        Jake Chisholm               University of Dayton                        So.       3.97           Pre-MedRB        Brad Sznajder (2)          Butler University                              Sr.        3.88           FinanceWR      Josh Fink (1)                  Abilene Christian University             Sr.        3.81          FinanceWR      Bryce Nunnelly              Chattanooga                                    Jr.        3.81           Mechanical EngineeringTE         Ean Pfeifer                   University of Louisville                     Gr.       4.00/4.00   MBA (G)OL       Blaise Andries                University of Minnesota                   Sr.        3.86           MathematicsOL       Graham Ashkettle          Eastern Kentucky University            Jr.        4.00           ChemistryOL       Isaiah Kent-Schneider   Drake University                              Gr.     3.98/4.00     Sec. Edu./Env. Science (UG)/STEM Education (G)OL       Calvin Throckmorton     University of Oregon                        Sr.        3.82            Human PhysiologyOL       Dakota Wilson (2)          Idaho State University                      Sr.        3.97            Health ScienceK          Samuel Hayworth          Eastern Kentucky University            Gr.       3.96            Biomedical Science (UG) / Public Health (G)ST        Connor McGinnis           University of Oklahoma                   Gr.       4.00            Finance (UG) / Finance (G)DL        Jonathan Clayton          Coastal Carolina University              Sr.        3.95            Business Management & MarketingDL        Brogan McPartland       Harvard University                            Sr.        3.65            Applied MathematicsDL        Sam Renner                  University of Minnesota                    Gr.       3.54/3.60  Accountancy (G)DL        Andre Walker                Houston Baptist University                Sr.        3.69            Biochemistry / Molecular BiologyLB        Jackson Hankey             North Dakota State University         Jr.        4.00            Agricultural EconomicsLB        Luke Nelson                   University of Northern Colorado      Sr.        3.97            Criminology & Criminal JusticeLB        Dante Olson                   University of Montana                      Sr.        3.91            Business Administration / ManagementDB        Jordan Fuller (1) (#)      Ohio State University                        Sr.        3.60            Business MarketingDB        Tiger Garcia (2)             UC Davis                                          Sr.        3.92            Managerial EconomicsDB        Kekaula Kaniho             Boise State University                      Jr.        3.93            Health SciencesDB        Tim Simon                      University of Dayton                        Sr.        3.83            Mechanical EngineeringP          Trent Schneider              University of South Florida              Jr.        4.00            Communication Courtesy of Abilene Christian, Houston Baptist and Southeastern Louisiana Athletics Media RelationsAUSTIN, Texas – The Southland Conference placed four football student-athletes on the 2019 Academic All-America Division I Football Teams, CoSIDA announced Monday. Southeastern Louisiana defensive lineman Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund and Abilene Christian linebacker Jack Gibbens were selected to the first team while Abilene Christian wide receiver Josh Fink and Houston Baptist defensive lineman Andre Walker appeared on the second team. In addition to being one of the team leaders for a Lion team that made its third playoff appearance in school history, Adeyemi-Berglund carries a 3.81 cumulative grade point average as an exercise science major.last_img read more

LONGSHOT CASTLE GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP BY A NECK UNDER CEDILLO

first_imgLONGSHOT CASTLE GOES GATE TO WIRE TO WIN $100,000 CALIFORNIA FLAG HANDICAP BY A NECK UNDER CEDILLO; TRAINED BY GLATT, HE GETS 5 ½ FURLONGS ON TURF IN 1:01.51RACE IS PART OF LUCRATIVE GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES     ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 19, 2019)–Claimed for $40,000 last time out, trainer Mark Glatt’s Castle broke sharply and made every pole a winning one in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Handicap, as he prevailed by neck under Abel Cedillo in 1:01.51–the fastest 5 ½ furlongs on turf at Santa Anita’s current Autumn Meet.With even money favorite Tribalist unexpectedly far back early, Castle cleared off by a length heading into the far turn, with eventual second place finisher Grinning Tiger tracking in second.“It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race and all Mark said was ‘Stay Close,’ said Cedillo, who was aboard the 6-year-old Slew’s Tiznow gelding for the first time.  “My horse broke really good and we made the lead very easy and that was good for me.”Claimed out of a close sixth place finish going five furlongs on turf Aug. 25 at Del Mar, Castle was off at 5-1 and paid $12.00, $5.00 and $3.00.“I thought he was a little lightly raced for his age, so I was a little skeptical for the $40,000, but  (the owners) were willing and I couldn’t see a reason not to claim him,” said Glatt.  “Like with a lot of horses, I think the (extra half furlong) has helped him.  Personally, I don’t care for the five eighths races, it takes a specialized horse.  That extra furlong makes a difference.”Owned by Where We At (stable), Castle, who is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Grand Advice, picked up his first career stakes win and his sixth win from 14 overall starts.  With the winner’s share of $60,000, he now has earnings of $208,947.Ridden by Heriberto Figueroa, Grinning Tiger was clearly second best on the day, finishing 1 ¼ lengths in front of King Abner.  Off at 7-1, Grinning Tiger paid $9.00 and $5.80.King Abner, ridden by Martin Garcia, had two horses beaten going into the far turn and just touched second choice What a View by a nose for third money. Off at 8-1, King Abner paid $5.40 to show.Tribalist, off at even money, finished fifth.Fractions on the race were 22.41, 44.52 and 55.66.last_img read more

California-Bred Warren’s Showtime Smokes Late To Take $75,000 China Doll Stakes By A Half Length

first_imgCalifornia-Bred Warren’s Showtime Smokes Late To Take $75,000 China Doll Stakes By A Half Length; Warren Homebred, Ridden By Velez & Trained By Lewis, Gets Mile On Turf 1:36.24 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 7, 2020)–Mid-pack among a field of 13 sophomore fillies heading to the far turn, Benjamin and Sally Warren’s homebred Warren’s Showtime somehow found room a furlong from home and roared up the rail to take Saturday’s $75,000 China Doll Stakes by a half length.  A California-bred daughter of red hot sire Clubhouse Ride, Warren’s Showtime, who was ridden by apprentice Jorge Velez and is trained by Craig Lewis, got a mile on turf in 1:36.24.A winner of the California Cup Oaks at one mile on turf here Jan. 18, Warren’s Showtime was off as the narrow 3-1 favorite over highly regarded Irish-bred Stela Star and paid $8.00, $4.20 and $3.00.Out of Warren’s Grade I winning Affirmative mare Warren’s Veneda, Warren’s Showtime picked up her third stakes win, all in combination with Velez, and registered her fourth overall win from seven starts.  With the winner’s share of $45,000, she now has earnings of $281,271.Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by John Sadler, Stela Star was the second choice at 3-1, as she attracted roughly $900.00 less than the winner, returning $4.80 and $3.60.Head and head for the lead with longshot Roadrunner’s Honor to the far turn, Bella Vita spurted two lengths clear a furlong out, but was no match for the top two late.  Ridden by Flavien Prat, California-bred Bella Vita was off at 4-1 and paid $3.80 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.43, 47.84, 1:12.30 and 1:24.37.last_img read more

Wests Tigers confirm 2017 coaching structure

first_imgWith David Kidwell taking the head coaching job for the New Zealand national team, Taylor will be joined by Andrew Webster, Paul Stringer and Craig Sandercock next season.Webster re-joins the club after spending the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at the New Zealand Warriors.Stringer steps up from the NSW Cup team while Sandercock continues his role from last season.“We are all really excited by the new coaching structure at the Club,” Jason Taylor said. “It’s going to allow us to achieve some really detailed coaching, which is what we’ve been striving for.“To have an extra assistant Coach on the roster is going to be make a big difference to the quality of coaching that we can get done and I’m confident it will improve the overall performance of the team.”last_img read more

Our coaches helped by Australia

first_imgTen netball coaches from around the country will be receiving their Level 1 coaching certificates after going through a training program with assistance from Netball Australia.The program was rolled out last weekend at the Korobosea International School and was delivered by Debra Armstrong, who is a consultant from Netball Australia. Armstrong also assists with coaching and being a selector for the Australian national team.PNG Netball president Julianne Maliaki said the program attracted 30 coaches and trainers from all over the country including Alotau, Lae, Wewak, Kavieng and Kerema.Maliaki said the program was run very well with a lot of knowledge and skills passed down to the 30 participants.On the Pepes front, Maliaki said the PNG Netball Federation was awaiting a post mortem report from the Pepes management team on the recent Tri Nations series held in Fiji. The Pepes finished last,  managing only one victory over Tonga.Maliaki said the report would provide feedback on areas in the Pepes team that needed improvement. She said this would help them prepare well for the Pacific Netball Series in Cook Islands next month.Through the Pacific Netball Series, the Pepes will have a shot to qualify for World Cup next year in Australia.last_img read more

We looked for youth and experience – Tsaka

first_imgPNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) Chairman, Sandis Tsaka said that the squad is made up of Digicel Cup players and has one confederate player. The game will kick off at Sir John Guise Stadium under lights on the 26th.The curtain raiser game to the annual Prime Ministers XIII fixture will be an U16 international match between a New South Wales team and a PNG select side.   The PNG PM XIII side in alphabetical order is:  1. Watson Boas (Agmark Gurias), 2. Radley Brawa (TNA Lions), 3. Sydney Fred (Lae Snax Tigers), 4. Benjamin Hetra (Hela Wigmen), 5. Andrew Ipi (Hela Wigmen), 6. Chris Jerry (Agmark Gurias), 7. Noel Joel (Lae Snax Tigers), 8. Philemon Kimisive (Goroka Lahanis), 9. David Loko (Lae Snax Tigers), 10. Sam Maniai (Northern Confederate), 11. Isaac Mell (Mendi Muruks), 12. Moses Meninga (Mt Hagen Eagles), 13. David Missian (Agmark Gurias), 14. Justin Olam (Lae Snax Tigers), 15. Daniel Pai (Agmark Gurias), 16. Sebastine Pandia (SNS Port Moresby Vipers), 17. Albert Patak, 18. Junior Rau (Mt Hagen Eagles), 19. Enock Sine (TNA Lions) 20. Charlie Simon (Lae Snax Tigers).  Team officials are: Stanley Tepend – Lae Snax Tigers (Head Coach), James Kops – Mt Hagen Eagles (Assistant Coach) George ToBata – Agmark Gurias (Trainer), Toua Kohu – Southern Confederate (Assistant Trainer), Jacob Angra (Manager).last_img read more

Bulldogs prepare for unknown at Brookvale

first_imgThe Sea Eagles have a new playmaking and hooking combination, an unrecognisable forward pack from last year and a completely new coaching staff, but Canterbury players say there are still a few givens whenever you take on the Sea Eagles on their home patch.”You know they’re going to turn up, they obviously have a new coach and a few new players but the mentality of Manly’s never changed,” Dogs prop Aiden Tolman said.”You know when you play them you have to be on your game and it’s going to be a good test for us Round 1, over there, away from home, the crowd’s always against you and they’ve got a good side so it’s going to be a tough game but we want to get the season off with a win.”They’ve got a new forward pack but it’s the same faces we’ve played in other teams. It won’t make the job any easier.”Lock Greg Eastwood has played alongside some of Manly’s new faces; like many of his teammates he once wore blue and white with enforcer Marty Taupau, while Eastwood has more recently played Test football for New Zealand with Taupau and another new Manly recruit, Lewis Brown.”They’ve got a new side and a new coach so we don’t know what to expect; we’ve just got to focus on our own game,” Eastwood said.”They’ve recruited real well this year. There was a lot of talk they needed to add size to their pack and they’ve done that. You know what you’re going to get with [Taupau]. He’s going to try and run over you every chance he gets.”Nate Myles has been real consistent over a long period and Lewis Brown is going to do a job for them. We’ve got to limit their metres and help our side get on the front foot.”It’s always a hard game going to Brookvale, even when they’ve got a few injuries here and there, you know what they’re going to do. They don’t want to disappoint their fans, especially at their home ground they’ll come out strong but I’m sure our boys will do the job.”Blues back-rower Josh Jackson suggested his old teammate Taupau would add plenty of energy and physicality to Manly’s middle.”They’ve got a fair few other new players there. I think they’ve done really well with the players they’ve brought in and a new coach as well so it’s a little bit unknown exactly what they’re going to throw up at us,” Jackson said.”They’ve done really well to get those players in, they’re all quality players, they’re all representative players.”He added it was hard for his side to know what to focus on with so many new players and a new coach.”If we can just match their energy early and hang in there for 80 minutes we’ll give ourselves every chance.”The first couple of weeks is always a bit of a trial period to see how those things go and you adjust your game accordingly,” Jackson said.Jackson also backed his side’s big pack to adapt to the reduced interchanges and shot clock as well as any side.”I think we should be all right; we’ve got [props] Aiden Tolman and James Graham who could punch out 80 if they had to and probably do it quite easily, then myself and Tony Williams usually play longer minutes as well so I think we should be all right,” he said.last_img read more