Electric fullback not one to buckle under pressure
Mar
18
2015

 

 

THE Falcons are set to unveil attacking weapon Joe Uluibau and the electric fullback is not one to buckle under pressure.

Uluibau says he intends to "spark" the Falcons into action against the Burleigh Bears on Saturday after the side struggled for points for the majority of their opening round loss to Norths Devils.

He arrived on the Coast during the pre-season and was contracted to South Sydney, playing for Norths in the NSW Cup.

The slick custodian, pictured, made an immediate impression at the Falcons and was selected to play for the Melbourne Storm in an NRL trial match last month.

The 23-year-old scored a double in that game before tearing his meniscus (knee) and has been on the sidelines for the past five weeks. But he is set to return in the Falcons' round three match at fullback.

Uluibau will provide a welcome injection of flair which was sorely missed during the first hour of the Falcons' match against Norths when the side trailed 24-2 after 58th minutes.

But the Sunshine Coast put on a clinic in the final quarter to almost steal the match, only to go down 24-18.

Uluibau was at the game, the only match the Falcons have played this year after their round two encounter against the Pride was cancelled because of bad weather last weekend. He said he would do his best on Saturday to help his teammates get across the chalk.

"I think it is the depth and we played a bit flat and I think I can bring that depth to the team and work with the outside backs well," he said. "We came together pretty good last night in my first training session back and were executing at 90%.

"Hopefully when I am out there, I can add a bit of spark too."

Uluibau is also a handy centre but believes he is most effective while wearing the No.1 jersey.

"I much prefer fullback and I love being under the pump and I love the pressure," Uluibau said. "I love when they put up screamers (bombs) and I love talking from back there and directing the boys around."

Falcons squad; Joe Uluibau, Travis Robinson, Callum Klein, Hymel Hunt, Suli Vunivalu, Ben Hampton, Cory McGrady, Johnny Vuetibau, Slade Griffin, Jon Platt, Kenny Bromwich, Jake Samoa, Tom Murphy (c). Interchange: Billy Brittain, Kemu Seru, Jordan Ryan, Sam Sotogi, Mitch Ebdon, Jye Ballinger.

 

Original Article: http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/razzle-dazzle-uluibaus-aim/2577966/

Courtesy of: Sunshine Coast Daily

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