Manly fume at ‘disgusting’ Eels for citing star player ahead of junior league grand final
The bitter rivalry between the Manly Sea Eagles and the Parramatta Eels has reached fever pitch in the lead-up to this weekend’s junior league grand finals.
Wide World of Sports’ The Mole reported Manly are furious that their gun five-eighth and Harold Matthews Cup star Latu Fainu was cited and appeared before the judiciary on a lifting tackle charge.
Manly has accused Parramatta of having Fainu cited, with the boom playmaker eventually acquitted after a gruelling 90-minute hearing.
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“We beat Wests last weekend to make the grand final against Parra, who just happens to be Latu’s junior club,” a Manly source told WWOS.
“We have been told that Parramatta saw the tackle and tried to get Latu out of the grand final as he is a sensational player.
“The poor kid is only 16 and had to appear before the judiciary last night and address them – it was very stressful for him.
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“To think people would do this to a young kid is disgusting.”
Fainu is the younger brother of Manly Sea Eagles hooker Manase Fainu, who is currently stood down by the NRL as he fights to clear his name over claims he allegedly stabbed a man at a Church dance.
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Latu is rated as one of the best under-16 year old players in Australia and plays above his age grade in the Harold Matthews Cup.
The Cup Grand Final is at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday at 1pm with tensions potentially set to rise in light of the judiciary fight during the week.
Originally published asManly fume at ‘disgusting’ Eels for citing star player ahead of junior league grand final
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