TRY SPEED: Jake Zania impressed in his first game for the Waves this season. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail
TRY SPEED: Jake Zania impressed in his first game for the Waves this season. Photo: Paul Donaldson / NewsMail Paul Donaldson BUN240716RUG11

Waves secure top-four finish against Roos

LEAGUE: The season just keeps getting better for Across The Waves.

After securing a 60-24 win over the Wallaroos on Sunday, they are now guaranteed to finish inside the top four.

In one of their strongest performances for almost two months, the Tigers avenged a loss suffered to the same team in round 13.

With nine different try scorers as well, coach Antonio Kaufusi said it was a good team performance from his side.

“It was pretty pleasing from us,” Kaufusi said.

“Our team doesn’t try to rely on individuals, people are on notice to perform well,” he said.

Despite that Kaufusi did praise particular players who stood out for the team.

“Dan McLennan was outstanding as hooker, after moving him to the position for this game,” he said.

“I’ll be keeping him at that position and maintain Zak (Bainbridge) in the halves.”

The former NRL player also focused on debutant Jake Zania and said he could be the find of the season.

“He wanted to play for us and was tremendous first up,” Kaufusi said.

“He won our players player award and is a great addition to the team,” he said.

Not pleased with everything the team did, Kaufusi said the starts could still be worked on.

“It was better, but not great,” he said.

“We need to be more competitive early to match sides like Wests, Past Brothers, and Hervey Bay.”

Waves will now focus on facing Easts this weekend, with Rueben Baillie expected to be back after his Queensland Rangers duty.



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