After biding his time in the lower grades for the first half of 2015, boom Newcastle outside-back Jake Mamo certainly took his opportunity to make an impression in his maiden NRL outing of the season.
A late inclusion at fullback following Kurt Gidley’s shift to halfback, Mamo produced an astounding try assist during the second half against Cronulla that showcased his blinding speed and tenacity.
A Gidley kick near the Sharks’ line rebounded off a defender and then cannoned off No.19 Mamo’s leg, seemingly headed out of bounds.
But the 21-year-old refused to give up on the chance and spectacularly kept the ball in play while hurling himself over the dead-ball line, allowing five-eighth Carlos Tuimavave to pounce for the try.
Despite Mamo’s heroics that provided his side with a 22-12 lead early in the second half, the embattled Knights crashed to a 30-28 loss after seeing their lead evaporate courtesy of brilliant tries to Sharks trio Luke Lewis, Ben Barba, and Jack Bird.
But the hard-running Mamo nevertheless has an opportunity to cement the Knights’ No.1 jumper after Joey Leilua’s mid-season departure saw Dane Gagai return to the centres. Besides his highlight-reel special, Mamo racked up seven tackles and 17 runs for 153 metres in a typically energetic display.