The game suggested anything but, the Rabbitohs did enough including a late Dane Gagai intercept to get past a Bulldogs side down on talent but not grit which kept the game tense all evening. Playing outside his good friend and mentor in Inglis is one thing, but he is also one of the best centres to ever play the game. “Playing outside him is great because you know what you are going to get with Greggy (Inglis),” Gagai said. Here's how it plans to use it. [41][42], Gagai made his third consecutive appearance for the Indigenous All Stars, starting on the wing and scoring a try in the 34-8 win. [13] On 9 May, he was released from the contract due to disciplinary reasons. [28][29] He finished the 2015 season having played in all of the Knights 24 matches, scoring 7 tries and kicking 2 goals as the club finished last. The Rabbitohs star wasn't done there and five minutes later positioned himself perfectly to take a pinpoint Kalyn Ponga cut-out pass. “Yeah, Ben is right to go. The Rabbitohs remain outside the top eight on points difference, but have crucial clashes with Wests Tigers and Newcastle Knights coming in the next fortnight. A NOTE ABOUT RELEVANT ADVERTISING: We collect information about the content (including ads) you use across this site and use it to make both advertising and content more relevant to you on our network and other sites. “It is a fresh start for us this year and it is an opportunity to try and get the two points because everyone wants to be in the top eight and ideally the top four. ", Ranking the Maroons forwards candidates for Origin 2020, Meninga to join Maroons on Bennett's coaching team, Maroon-grown rookies wouldn't dare let Wayne down, Arrow flies into Maroons training as Bennett reunion awaits, You have skipped the navigation, tab for page content. Mitchell has the wood over Gagai slightly, with a 6-5 record, which includes an even 50% split at Origin level. In round 19 against St. George, Gagai scored two tries as South Sydney won the match 20-16 after the final siren had sounded. Before the 2019 NRL season started Gagai chose to play for New Zealand Maori kiwis against the Indigenous Australian All Stars and in that game he scored two tries. [31][32], On 13 February, Gagai again played for the Indigenous All Stars against the new World All Stars, playing on the wing and scoring a try in his team's 8-12 loss at Suncorp Stadium. He became the first winger to win the official Player of the series. Pre-match Dean Pay said he had given his side a license to "play some footy" and they were more open in attack but still only produced 10 points tonight. "When you are a winger you want them to do all the tough stuff, and don't get me wrong he scored some great tries tonight, but defensively and his carries out of our own end were fantastic," he said. Gagai's biggest battles with his Rabbitohs teammate came during the 2018 Origin series when he and former Maroons centre Will Chambers tried to nullify Mitchell's power on the Blues' left edge while often getting caught up engaging in verbal exchanges with the NSW star. "He's one of the most professional trainers, he works hard and you forget his age because he's been playing in the NRL for so long and at a high level," he said. The NRL has been granted clearance to have fans in a limited capacity attend matches. As far as first up assignments go they don’t come much tougher, but Gagai and his teammates wouldn’t have it any other way. Aussie plant-based meat company v2food has secured $77 million in new funding. Reynolds had his best game of the season and the Rabbitohs half is key to their success this season, with his kicking game. He hasn’t had much preparation though.”. While Gagai refreshingly admits he sees himself as a centre, he was quick to put his ego aside and look at the situation from Bennett’s point of view. “He came back out and trained with the team when you guys (the media) weren’t there. This 5G Stock Could Be Like Buying McDonald’s in 1965. A Dane Gagai double has led Queensland to a come-from-behind 18-14 State of Origin victory over New South Wales in Game I at Lang Park. "That is a reaction you just don't see, he was shattered", said Gasnier. It's why Gagai says, with Mitchell now at the Rabbitohs, that the one thing he's learned about the former Roosters star in recent years - there's nothing worse than facing a fired-up Latrell Mitchell. 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[9][10], In round 1, Gagai made his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos against the North Queensland Cowboys on the wing, scoring a try in the 16-14 loss at Suncorp Stadium. Gagai will be looking for a few more tries in 2019 on the end of the Rabbitohs’ backline. On 3 October, he was selected in the 24-man Australia Kangaroos 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad. Why Bellamy’s Broncos snub could bring Storm undone, Find out more about our policy and your choices, including how to opt-out. Adam Sandler: 'Hit movies make me walk differently', Baileys launches a decadent RED VELVET-flavoured liqueur, OPINON: The real issue with the Dally M's after last night's blunder, Ireland is first EU country to re-enter lockdown. If Gagai was to be ruled out, it’s thought Kalyn Ponga will play from the bench, with Cameron Munster shifted to fullback, Anthony Milford to five-eighth, Will Chambers to the wing and Michael Morgan into the centres. 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He has done all the people from Mackay really proud.". "But he's the type of person that doesn't like to lose and he'll compete no matter what," Gagai said on Wednesday. He has trained strongly on Sunday and again today. Get it all on Foxtel. Player of the Game: Round Eight. Much of the focus on the Rabbitohs’ season opener has centred on Inglis’ fitness, but Gagai has no doubt his right edge partner will be ready to rock on Friday night. Bennett threw out his first curve-ball since taking over at Redfern, by switching Greg Inglis to right centre and Dane Gagai from centre to wing outside him. After the match, Gagai finished with 256 run metres, two linebreaks, three tackle breaks and 11 tackles. "I couldn't be happier for the big fella," Gagai said. “It all started for us in the pre-season and now it is up to us to go out and perform.”. [57], Gagai finished the 2019 NRL season playing 25 games and scoring 10 tries. The Indigenous side won 20-6. Asked if Inglis would be up for the challenge physically and mentally, Gagai said "100%". Once I got to the 50m line I was confident I would get there.". In round 18 against Wests Tigers, Gagai scored a try but was later sent to the sin bin after throwing the ball at Wests player Luke Brooks. [14] On 28 May, Gagai signed a 2-year contract with the Newcastle Knights effective immediately. He had battled injuries and mental health issues, which he continues to openly address in retirement. Things took another turn for the worst yesterday in the Queensland camp with coach Kevin Walters calling a snap media conference to announce superstar fullback Billy Slater would be withdrawn from Game 1. “He (AJ) has been playing some great footy,” Gagai said. "It is just about the trust I have in the boys on the inside knowing they are going to do their job. In the pre-season, Gagai played for the Knights in the 2015 NRL Auckland Nines[22] and the Indigenous All Stars in the annual All Stars match,[23] playing off the interchange bench. [20] In June, he was included in the Queensland Maroons extended 22 man squad but was later not chosen to make his debut for Queensland. [44][45], On 12 July 2017, Gagai won the Wally Lewis Medal as the player of the 2017 State of Origin series. “Wayne is a great coach and I think a lot of that is due to the amount of respect and trust he puts in the players,” Gagai explained. Gagai said that it was the final siren that made him happier than his own individual achievements in the game. Live stream the 2019 NRL Telstra Premiership on Kayo Sports. In Game 1 of the 2019 State of Origin series, Gagai scored 2 tries and won man of the match in Queensland’s 18-14 victory at Suncorp Stadium. [19] In February, Gagai was selected in the Knights inaugural Nines squad. The Blues kickers, in particular Nathan Cleary, peppered the Maroons back three with bombs but Gagai was faultless under the high ball. "I felt there was an opportunity to make a play and I'm glad I made the play, otherwise Addo-Carr was going over untouched. They opened and closed the game with long range efforts from the unwanted Alex Johnston and veteran Dane Gagai took a late intecept to ice the cake. "He lights the game up and he is a great team-mate. 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