Akuila Uate

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  1. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Jarrod Mullen

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    Uate re-finds killer form


    Tue 04 Apr, 2017, 6:45am
    By Andrew Bryan, Deputy Editor‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com



    Akuila Uate's career was at a crossroad midway through last season, out of form and out of favour at Newcastle. It looked a sad demise for the one-time crowd favourite and all-time leading try scorer for the club.

    The three-time Dally M Winger of the Year was discarded from first grade after Round 12 and never pulled on the red and blue jersey again.

    For the first time in his career, he wasn't enjoying his footy. It stopped being fun and it showed. His form was down and it was affecting him badly on and off the field.

    When coach Trent Barrett threw Uate a lifeline to join the Sea Eagles, the proud Fijian wasn't exactly received with open arms by the Manly faithful thanks largely to a high profile player swap in the off-season with much-loved clubman Jamie Buhrer.

    That was out of Uate's control, but he has since gained a new lease on life and is quickly proving the doubters wrong in the best possible way.

    "I'm very thankful that Trent has given me this opportunity to play for Manly," Uate said.

    "The last two years I was really down on my footy. I had to pick it up really fast and this year Trent has given me some tips to just keep doing my job.

    "What also gives me confidence is the fans that talk me down.

    "That's a good thing about me, I don't look at the negatives, I look at the positives and if I keep practicing and catching those high balls and doing great for the team I'm happy."

    Manly's back three has become a three-man wrecking crew this season, averaging 500 metres per game between them. Uate has made the third-most metres at the club, only behind Tom Trbojevic and Jorge Taufua.

    The Fijian has also made the most tackle breaks (a whopping 23) and made the second most line breaks (5), only one behind Trbojevic.

    The powerful runs are not only helping Manly get out of trouble, they are laying the platform to turn defence in to offence – in a hurry.

    "I honestly believe he was our best player at the weekend," hooker Apisai Korisau said of Uate.

    "His carries coming back in yardage, and under those high balls were amazing, I think he has really found his feet here and has really looked happy.

    "The Roosters forward pack was really big, the forwards had to do a big job in the middle there. All the pressure [our back three] took off our middles by churning through the metres is really tiring their forwards is huge for us."

    Partner in crime Tom Trbojevic gets a birds-eye view of the carnage Uate has left behind making the hardest of runs. His ability in the opening rounds to defuse the high ball and then break tackles and get Manly's set off to a moving start has been crucial.

    "It's awesome having him," Trbojevic said.

    "On the back of him and Jorge on the wing, it is ridiculous. You sit there and you just let them run into them, they keep charging forward and you go 'wow'. He caught every ball and carried it back 10 and 15 metres every time. Watching him play is very enjoyable."

    But the 29-year-old is not letting his fast start go to his head. In fact, it has made him even more determined to keep proving the doubters wrong and that starts with simple discipline.

    Uate is focussed on the number 20. Twenty catches. That is how many balls in a row he must catch every training session before he can call it quits.

    From the team's halves to coach Barrett himself, Uate demands all manner of spiralling, rain-inducing bombs be kicked his way after training. And he must catch 20 in a row. No shortcuts, no exceptions. No excuses.

    "The last few weeks I've been trying to catch 20 balls straight. If I drop one, I've got to finish catching all those balls," Uate said.

    "It is all about preparation and doing the little thing right, if you practice you feel comfortable.

    "That is part of our job. That is what we do to help the team, I'm never going to get bored of it.

    "I'm never going to get bored with it, I'm just going to keep on doing it."

    You get the sense Uate is anything but bored at his new club.


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  2. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Jarrod Mullen

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    @rhugh89 can u clean ^^ up... from nrl.com! Thank u


    Good to see aku kicking butt again even in a manly jumper....
     
  3. Kurriboy

    Kurriboy Bill Peden

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    Yeah, happy he is doing well.

    He lost his way with us for whatever reason, deserved to be dumped to reserves and pushed out of the club in the rebuild.

    But happy for him that he has found his mojo again with another club.
     
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    jamesgould Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus Staff Member Admin

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    He'd been rubbish here for years ... pity he couldn't "find his form" in the red and blue.

    Not really happy to see it after he just banked his paycheck here for so long. Imagine if he'd played all that time with Ross' enthusiasm!
     
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    Lefty Jason Hoogerworf

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    Very expensive rubbish!



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    member 2299 Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Too easy to get the $550,000 a year, too many Big Macs and too happy to play reggies and take life easy.
     
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    KFC he loved his KFC, shopped at coles Mount Hutton and always had nothing but junk food in his trolley...
     
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    Lord of the Skraelings Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Congratulations been very good (Not $500k good) got 3 tonight. Sure entire forum is stoked for this Knights legend.
     
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    rhugh89 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

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    Make that 4 tries...
     
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    Most respected person to leave our club. Good on him.
     
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    Happy to see him playing well. Not a single hard feeling from me and want to see him successful again; loved hearing him talking about sione this week too.
     
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    Heartbreaking watching him play like this for Manly of all clubs, Well done Aku
     
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    Kim1ill Nathan Ross

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    Akuila being interviewed :lol:
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Easiest four tries he'll ever score, just fell over the line
     
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    Beaumont Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Playing the bloke on 1 leg blew his confidence out of the water here. Used to see him with his leg in a brace struggling to walk and then be expected to play. Another thing he once said he was happy to play reserve grade. Clearly he meant that if the coach didn't pick him to play firsts his ego wouldn't prevent him from playing reserves. A lot of Knights fans ran with he's happy to play reserve grade he's getting paid big bucks no matter what. Great seeing him go good even if it is for Manly.
     
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    Walker is a dominant centre which is bringing out the best in Aku too like Mad Dog did but I think moving him on was the right call Sio and Ross are playing well and Aku needed a change of club to rediscover his best.
     
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    Kurriboy Bill Peden

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    I was very critical of Aku when playing for us at the end, he lost all form and was a liability both on the field and cap space wise.

    I've no hard feeling with him leaving the club and am glad he is doing well at Manly.
     
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    Rabbitohs vs Knights Round 26, 2011 - Uate 4 tries
    Rabbitohs vs Manly Round 9, 2017 - Uate 4 tries.

    Loves scoring against them.
     
  19. 88Knight4life

    88Knight4life Jarrod Mullen

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    Very proud of Aku tbh,

    His one of our products who lost his passion after a long time here... to see him flying high again is great for the game!

    The knights made the right call to move him on!! No winger ever is worth 500k no matter how brilliant they can be!
     
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    i love Uate still. He is still my favorite player but he just wasnt worth his 500k+ contract here. Happy to see him find form again!
     

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