TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 28: Akuila Uate of Fiji looks on during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup match between Fiji and the United States on October 28, 2017 in Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Uate could take centre stage for Manly next season

Akuila Uate has spent a decade in the NRL plying his trade on the wing, but impressive form in the centres for Fiji at the Rugby League World Cup could see a positional change on the cards next season.

After being dubbed ‘Akuila the thriller’ early in his career, Uate’s form fell away in the last few years as his confidence shrunk, spending the majority of 2016 in NSW Cup.

But this year saw Uate return to form for the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, scoring 14 tries in 24 games as he formed a lethal right edge combo with Dylan Walker.

Playing at left centre for Fiji, Uate set up one of the tries of the tournament against Wales, running through countless players before an up-and-around pass for Marcelo Montoya to score in the corner.

While names like Jarryd Hayne and Suliasi Vunivalu have stolen the headlines for his country, Uate’s hard running has been invaluable for his team, averaging over 17 metres with every run so far in the World Cup.

The move would see youngster Brian Kelly move to the wing, with Matt Wright and Jorge Taufua to battle it out for the other wing spot, as well as eliminating the occasional struggles Uate has faced under the high ball in recent times.

While he debuted in the centres for the Newcastle Knights in 2008, that would be the only NRL game Uate would ever start in the centres, shifting a few feet wider to wing for his next 184 NRL games, finding a permanent home there.

At 30 years of age, a positional move could be just what Uate needs to complete he career rejuvenation the flying Fijian went on this year.

With Blake Green no certainty to remain on the Northern Beaches next year, we’re yet to see who will line-up in the five-eighth role for Manly and form a potential left edge combination with Aku Uate and backrower Frank Winterstein.

Akuila Uate will look to continue his strong form into the Rugby League World Cup’s finals before returning for pre-season in Brookvale shortly after the Christmas break.

87 COMMENTS

  1. Twent staying on , mmmm Uate id sell him , it’s like a used car buy cheap polish and shift for a profit , quick while the paints still shiny

  2. Uate may start at centre while we wait for Dylan walker if he isn’t ready to start the year but that’s about it. Taufau/kelly on left and walker/uate right. Same as this year…

  3. You lot voting in the latest MWRLC AGM ? Didn’t think so , Uate is rubbish , bring Turbo to centres so Wright can go to FB

    • Uate was NOT rubbish this year, he returned to his blinding best. Why do you call him rubbish? He proved a lot of people wrong this season and yet you call him rubbish.

      Please no, Wright is a good depth player but that’s about it, he’s too slow for first grade and he’ll make our attack look clunky. Turbo is still young and has a lot to learn to become the best fullback in the game which I think he will.

  4. You explain why your not voting at the AGM that’s being held at the end of this month ! I’m not going to waste my time on a useless hack that’s taking up valuable space where a junior should be

    • Piss off, just because I’m not a member doesn’t mean I don’t support the club. I’m not a member because I got a lot of personal sh!t I have to go through yet you’re questioning my support to the club. Just because I’m not a member doesn’t mean I don’t support Manly genius. Why not worry about yourself because I haven’t seen one positive thing you’ve posted on this site. I rather read Holmseys comments than put up your bullsh!t.

  5. Put it this way, I chose not to be a member because I need to focus on personal matters. I can be a member but I rather focus on my personal life, I don’t care whether you like it or not but I made the best decision for me.

  6. Wow, those Manly Seagulls are getting clever, they’ve learned to throw their own “chip” to squabble over.

    Nice work.

    • Yeah, but there is a rogue among the flock that has clearly bumped his head too many times into McDonalds drive thru windows trying to swoop on a box of fries! Now the thing has developed a taste for seagull and is decimating their numbers! There needed to be a cull in any case, they are nothing more than rats with wings (they even called it in the movie “Finding Nemo”). Bahahahahahahaha

      • I think I will call this seagull “Nero” because he likes to burn things to the ground and play the fiddle while the world burns down around him.

        🦅 + 🕯 + 🏛 = 🔥 + 🎻

        😂😂😂

      • You are very interested in other peoples “members” mate… a little uncomfortable too be honest. It must be a Greek thing! LOL

      • It’s a members club 😂😂😂😂 you do have a member SSTID 😂😂😂 some here openly admit to no MEMBER 😂😂😂

      • I am (a member of Parra), but in fairness you can support a club in many ways.

        I think if you’re passionate about a club, and loyal (don’t change teams), then you’re a supporter. If you go to games, buy club merchandise etc, you are also a financial supporter of the club. I’d bet eaglerock is both.

  7. Mw47 I regret sitting by and seeing you bully and harass Holmsey until he left. We would rather him here than you.
    Just because you claim to be a member (previously you claimed you gave up your membership when 2v got sacked), does not mean your opinion means any more than anyone else’s on a footy fan forum.

    • When the Penns sacked Tooves the entire board at MWRLFC wrote a letter to the Penns objecting , not a single member of MWRLFC agreed with Tooves sacking , many also disagreed with the terms under which DCE was signed , and many Stars were treated , I’m one of those who objected and until the club is owned by its MEMBERS I will still voice my opinion because unlike many I have a ticket which entitles me put up or go away

      • That still doesn’t make you a privileged supporter, I have plenty of mates who are members but they don’t think they’re privileged and they don’t think they have a better opinion than other Manly supporters who don’t have a membership.

    • @ screamingeagle

      Holmsey made some good contributions to the site and many of us could admire his passion and his commitment to his team BUT to be fair, he did “go in swinging” a lot of times and when you swing you are eventually going to get hit! When you do you need to cop it on the chin and move on. Holmsey couldn’t. Unlike many of us here, Holmsey could not admit when he was wrong or (most times) agree to disagree. At the end I also went after him when he refused to back up false claims with facts and despite my frequent attempts to engage him on the FACTS he always dodged them and kept posting opinion and not fact.

      Also, he was quick to call people names when he could not defeat their argument (or if they refused to accept his). He called MW47 “a disgrace and no real Manly supporter” just for posting an opinion and nothing more. He was was picked up for this by several supporters of other clubs but did not change his line or retract his comments. Clearly Holmsey has a brain and can argue a point but when he is on the losing side of an argument he would take the kids way out and for the most part he was a lot more mature than that.

      If you are reading this Holmsey, take these with a grain of salt, learn from this and move on. Start posting again as you know you are able to make a worthwhile contribution so sitting on the sidelines is a waste. Cheers.

        • SSTID I know Holmsey was a bit over the top in some of his posts but at least he didn’t bag his team and players in every article unlike MW47. He does this all the time, it gets to the point where you just want mute him. He also thinks he’s special and privileged because he’s a member, he thinks our opinions don’t matter because we’re not “members”. Give me Holmsey any day of the week over this douchebag.

        • Yep not liking DCE , wanting turbo at 1 and disagreeing with the purchase of Uate is bullying, you lefty knob jockeys , 😂😂😂😂😂

      • Wasn’t the article “DCE admits not trying in 2016” that cracked ole homer !? He just couldn’t bare the though , kissing his poster every night then finding out DCE wasn’t in it , 😂😂😂😂😂😂

        • Trust me, things are about to get better soon. DCE won’t want to “dog it” when he has Mitchell Pearce chasing him around the field. It could get messy if he does! 😂😂😂

        • Ya reakon Mitchell will come to Manly ? I don’t , DCE is not liked , it’s abit like Qld SOO , they hate him , the greatest players current and past don’t have time for DCE fact , fans and members (some) put up with him , he DCE has brought it all upon himself , I don’t want Pearce however I will not EVER relinquish my MWRLFC membership should he arrive I will continue my MWSE boycott and follow AFL closer than I currently do

  8. chalky November 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm
    Didn’t you know that the Dogs have signed Andrew Gee as their new financial advisor?

    SSTID_1970 November 11, 2017 at 10:41 am
    Your comment is awaiting moderation
    Is that irony chalky? You know irony confuses me chalky. chalky? Don’t start me chalky! DON’T start me!

    SSTID_1970 November 12, 2017 at 11:45 am
    @ zero tackle

    Seriously? I didn’t realise we were in North Korea to have censorship THIS tight!

      • Well it sure seems that I am the ONLY one! Our “mate” Mick is free to say what he wants and when I trump him I get censored! That’s messed up!

        • There you go SSTID, Manly have reciprocated.

          You made a play at recruiting a Manly supporter, and he’s made you a counter offer. RUN, run fast, run far, and just keep running. It appears the Seagull has turned back into a Sea Eagle, and has his sights set on a bunny.

          I’ll throw him a fish to try and distract him. Here goes, there’s now talk of Elgey moving to Manly, if Hayne stays at the Titans and moves to 5/8.

          There’s your chance SSTID, RUN.

  9. I KNOW you are out there just 🔭 (🦇 + 🕴).
    Time to join the 🍸🍹🍻🍺🥂🍾
    We saved you a 🚽

    Sorry, that was meant to be a chair (seat) but those little emojis are hard to hit for someone afflicted with FTS.

    I couldn’t find one with plastic bags dancing
    In the breeze! 😂😂😂

    • Rabbits! You’ve been down in your burrow for a VERY long time Rabbits. What’s up doc? 🥕🐇

      Rabbits? Don’t start me Rabbits! DON’T start me! 😉

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