Sunday 21 January 2018 / 09:56 AM

The magical Mata'utia brothers

The mega-talented Mata’utia brothers had a weekend to remember during the NRL’s Round 23, starring for their respective clubs as Peter, Sione and Chanel all found their way onto the scoresheet.

The eldest of the bunch, 23-year-old Peter, scored his first try for St George Illawarra as the club buried a 14-year Canberra hoodoo on Saturday. The powerful centre debuted for Newcastle in 2011 before joining the Dragons this year, and will be difficult to dislodge from their starting backline.

Meanwhile, Chanel and Sione, who became the first brothers to debut together in 70 years against the Roosters in Round 20, stole the show in the Knights’ stirring 28-22 win over the Warriors.


Right-wing Chanel celebrated his 22nd birthday with a second-half try, but 18-year-old left-wing Sione was the standout, bagging a brilliant hat-trick – comprising of a superb try from a Jarrod Mullen kick, a long-range special from a blindside scrum play, and a miraculous put-down in the corner.


Sione, who debuted at fullback but prefers centre, appears to be the best equipped of the Hunter-bred brothers to reach Rugby League’s heights, described by Wayne Bennett as a future Knights captain in the aftermath of his match-winning performance.


A fourth brother is also champing at the bit for a first grade chance with the Knights. Pat, 20 years old and another dynamic three-quarter, boasts similarly impressive form as a junior and is very highly rated. Despite Peter’s departure, the Mata’utia brothers look set to create a Newcastle backline dynasty in the seasons ahead. 


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