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2020 Warriors SG Ball was really good

Sharks v Warriors SG Ball playing the the NSWRL SG Ball Cup 2020 Rnd 4 at Shark Park, Cronulla Australia - (Photo : Steve Montgomery / OurFootyTeam)

2020 Warriors SG Ball was really good

Author : Scott Miller (theniche.com)

The 2020 Aotearoa Warriors SG Ball Team was really good

To start 2020, Aotearoa Warriors rolled out their first Under 18 team in New South Wales Rugby League’s SGB competition.

The Warriors played six games before the universe kicked up a pandemic fuss and that left the Warriors 3rd with a 4-2 record in NSW premier junior competition.

This was quickly flipped into the Redcliffe Dolphins connection, resulting in Warriors having Redcliffe teams to place their juniors in but without their own junior teams to cover all their bases.

The Warriors had their own SG Ball team for example, which then became a few players in Redcliffe’s U18 team. The Warriors and players had to suss out what was best for them.

This basically meant that the Warriors went from providing SG Ball level of competition for 20-ish players to cutting that down to invest in fewer players at Redcliffe.

Some players were better off staying in Aotearoa, while others went to Australian clubs to continue their development.

Let’s start with the 2020 NZ Warriors SGB players who played for Redcliffe this year and/or NRL.

Sharks v Warriors SG Ball playing the the NSWRL SG Ball Cup 2020 Rnd 4 at Shark Park, Cronulla Australia - (Photo : Steve Montgomery / OurFootyTeam)

Sharks v Warriors SG Ball playing the the NSWRL SG Ball Cup 2020 Rnd 4 at Shark Park, Cronulla Australia – (Photo : Steve Montgomery / OurFootyTeam)

They joy of the NSWRL competition is that it goes down prior to the NRL season, so Warriors could give their contracted juniors high level rugby league before they played 1st 15 for their respective schools.

That was the case with Viliami Vailea who went from SGB to Aorere College 1st 15 and then to Redcliffe U21s, Redcliffe Intrust Super Cup and NRL in just over 12 months.

Taniela Otukolo joins Vailea in playing SG Ball to start 2020, then NRL in 2021.

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