South Sydney teammates Tevita Tatola and Keaon Koloamatangi have their sights set on State of Origin debuts, with both feeling ready to step up if called upon by NSW coach Brad Fittler. Koloamatangi believes it’s his next step as an NRL player, while Tatola stated that he would be grateful for any rep honours that come his way. Despite their aspirations, however, both players are fully focused on ensuring Souths return to the top four.
Despite not being named for Souths‘ upcoming clash with the Gold Coast due to a calf complaint, injured Blues superstar Latrell Mitchell visited his teammates at the team’s headquarters at Heffron Park. Despite the setback, Mitchell was in good spirits as the club aimed to avoid a three-game losing streak.
Tatola, who won the George Piggins medal last year, has continued his strong form, averaging 114 running metres per game in 2021. The 25-year-old is ready to take any opportunity that comes his way, while Koloamatangi believes that his teammate has been one of the most underrated forwards in the game, with the potential to one day earn representative honours.
As Tonga internationals, both Tatola and Koloamatangi have been mentioned as potential NSW selections, with Koloamatangi keen to impress in order to potentially earn his first Origin cap. While he acknowledges that his chances may have been hampered by an ankle injury that sidelined him for six weeks, Koloamatangi believes that he’s ready for the step up to representative footy.
Mitchell’s absence is a blow to NSW’s hopes in the Origin opener, but Koloamatangi, a Blues fan, wishes that Mitchell could have been out on the field. Despite this, Koloamatangi believes that Mitchell will be back to his best soon, and potentially even in time for game two of the series.