has been in good form over the last four matches for the Hunters and coach, Michael Marum had nothing but praise for the 22-year-old.
“He was outstanding. He played for the full 80 minutes and when we told him to come off, he didn’t want to,” Marum said.
Marum was clearly impressed with his team’s 40-22 win over a quality side in the Ipswich Jets.
Sitting out experienced players in David Loko and George Benson showed that the higher cause is the one he wants to cultivate; a culture of discipline instilled for future Hunters players to learn from.
Marum agreed that Tu’u had matured throughout the season and was improving with each match.
Tu’u replaced second-rower Loko after the Kumul and backrow partner Benson were suspended from Saturday’s match against the Jets because they failed to turn up to two training sessions and did not notify team management of their whereabouts. Marum, a stickler for discipline, has not spared anyone. Marum entrusted Tu’u with the honour of playing second-row, Tu’u despite lacking the size and running game of Loko
or the powerful surges of Benson, atoned with incisive runs down the flanks,
laying the down the tracks for Hunters hooker, Wartovo Puara Jr to attack.
Tu’u played in the second-row in the Norths Devils match the previous week.
The man from Moveave and Uritai, in Gulf, and Hula, in Central, said he is enjoying everything at the moment. “It’s tough at times but it’s never
about giving up. “To be among the best you have to be committed,” Tu’u said.
“Discipline and commitment in whatever you do will help you succeed. I am
enjoying my time here with the Hunters. “I do have my weakness but everyday
I’m training so I can improve and do better each match.”
Tu’u said was following in the footsteps of his uncle, Alu Poka, a forward for former Gulf
team in the Port Moresby Rugby League competition, Hoba Wests, in the