Tag Archive: Daly Cherry-Evans

1. Anthony Mitchell (Eels) – The Eels have struggled to find a regular dummy-half in recent years but with the emergence of 21-year-old Anthony Mitchell in late 2010 their search could soon be over. The highly-rated young hooker boasts all the skills – lightning service, a crisp passing game and speed off the mark. Likely to be part of a three-man rotation for the Eels this year, he will battle for the No.9 jersey with Matt Keating and new arrival Casey McGuire but the general consensus is that the hooking spot will become his alone in the long term. Mitchell played three games for the Eels at the back end of the 2010 season, scoring two tries, and was selected in the Indigenous All Stars side earlier this year.

2. Siuatonga Likiliki (Knights) – Boasting one of the greatest names in rugby league history – right up there with the likes of former Bronco Steele Retchless and South Sydney’s Bronco Djura – Siuatonga Likiliki made a name for himself playing for the Warriors’ premiership-winning Toyota Cup side last season when he scored 19 tries in 25 games. Now with Newcastle, the 20-year-old speedster already has tongues wagging in the Hunter where he will join Akuila Uate in a lightning-fast backline. A Junior Kiwis representative in 2010, Likiliki was named in both the 2009 and 2010 Toyota Cup Team of the Year. Continue reading


Hasler checks to see if Cherry is ripe

Manly coach Des Hasler has challenged rookie halfback Daly Cherry-Evans to stamp his mark on the Sea Eagles’ No. 7 spot, declaring the Emerging Queensland Origin playmaker has the game to make an instant impact.The 21-year-old Redcliffe junior enters 2011 with enormous expectation to replace Bulldogs recruit and City halfback Trent Hodkinson. And while Hasler has faith Cherry-Evans is ready for the step up to the NRL, he said it was up to the young playmaker to show he could deliver – starting with tonight’s opening trial against Cronulla. The former Toyota Cup star bided his time in the Queensland Cup last year, starring for the Sea Eagles’ feeder side Sunshine Coast, after being overlooked for Hodkinson in the NRL. And after Cherry-Evans took out the Q-Cup player of the year – just as Hodkinson did in 2009 – Hasler feels he has the perfect replacement. “He’s the same as Trent and the great thing about it is when Trent went in there he just concentrated on his own game and Cherry has got the same attributes,” Hasler said. “He’s certainly worked hard. He’s coming off a really consistent year last year, where he was the Q-Cup player of the year. He has been rewarded with the Queensland Emerging Origin Squad so he’s had that experience under his belt.”