Prop Oshae Tuiasau has finished the season strongly to win the Gold Training under-20s players’ player award after being sidelined over a month mid-year.
The tough front-rower, who will be part of the NRL squad in the next two seasons, polled major votes from his teammates in three of the last six games to pip Shaun Hudson and Hayden Schwass to win the award. The players voted on a 3-2-1 basis each game.
Tuiasau, who unfortunately suffered an ACL knee injury in the final match of the season against North Queensland and will be a late starter in 2016, accrued 15 points, ahead of Hudson and Schwass on 13, and Braydon Torpy and Parahi Wilson on 11.
“Oshae started the season well but was injured and lost some momentum through the middle but finished really strongly,” said coach Ben Woolf.
“He really led our young props from the front in the back half of the year. He has an enormous workload and does the hard work in the middle and it was a pity he finished the season with the injury after being signed to an NRL contract. But I know he’ll work hard to get back.”