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Eliesa Katoa

2nd Row

Warriors

Player Bio

Height:
193 cm
Date of Birth:
03 January 2000
Weight:
110 kg
Birthplace:
Hihifo, Tonga
Age:
21
Nickname:
Eli
Debut Club:
New Zealand Warriors
Date:
14 March 2020
Opposition:
Newcastle Knights
Round:
1
Previous Club:
Nil
Junior Club:
Tamaki College First XV (rugby union)
Biography:

Eliesa - or 'Eli' as he is more commonly called - blasted onto the NRL scene last year making a huge impression the moment he made his debut against Newcastle in the first round.

Injury restricted him to 13 appearances but he was an intimidating presence on the edge, scoring six tries, bending the line consistently, averaging just on 100 metres and proving he had the capacity to play big minutes.

Eli joined the Vodafone Warriors after making his mark in rugby union for the Tamaki College First XV in Auckland's elite competition.

Born and raised in Tonga, Katoa had visited New Zealand with three Tonga national age group teams before Tamaki College brought him to Auckland on a scholarship in 2017.

At 193cm and more than 100kg, he was an imposing figure on the First XV scene, catching the eye of many scouts including the Vodafone Warriors.

Signed on a development contract, Eli trained with the club's NRL squad during the 2018-2019 off season but injury disrupted his progress.

It wasn't until the 12th round that he was selected for his Jersey Flegg Cup (under 20) debut against Cronulla in 2019.

Family is the driving force behind his sporting career, above all the memory of his father who died when Eli was only 12.

Career

Appearances
20
Tries
6

2021 Season

Appearances
7

Scoring

Tries
0

Attack

Line Breaks
0
Line Break Assists
1

Passing

Offloads
5

Defence

Tackles Made
183
Tackle Efficiency

Running Metres

Average Running Metres
68
Total Running Metres
477

Fantasy

Total Points
223
Average Points
31.9

2021 Season - By Round

2021 Season - By Round
Round Opponent Score Position Minutes Played Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Try Assists Linebreaks Tackle Breaks Post Contact Metres Offloads Receipts Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Hit Up Running Metres Kick Return Metres
1 Titans Won 19 - 6 2nd Row 62 - - - - - - - 46 2 11 23 3 99 88 -
2 Knights Lost 16 - 20 2nd Row 80 - - - - - - - 31 1 10 30 1 66 58 -
3 Raiders Won 31 - 34 2nd Row 57 - - - 17 1 - - 19 1 6 27 3 33 24 -
4 Roosters Lost 32 - 12 2nd Row 37 - - - - - - 1 22 - 7 24 2 46 41 5
5 Sea Eagles Lost 12 - 13 2nd Row 34 - - - - - - - 24 1 7 25 2 47 47 -
11 Wests Tigers Won 30 - 26 2nd Row 70 - - - - - - 1 58 - 13 31 4 124 117 -
12 Cowboys Lost 29 - 28 2nd Row 41 - - - - - - 3 26 - 7 23 1 60 51 -

Career By Season

Career By Season
Year Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Linebreaks Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Warriors 2020 13 6 7 - 46% 6 - 24 - - 3 16 354 31 1,292 99.00 12 581 44.7
Warriors 2021 7 3 4 - 43% - - - 17 2.37 - 5 183 16 477 68.00 5 223 31.9

Career Overall

Career Overall
Year Start Year End Played Won Lost Drawn Win % Tries Goals Points Kicking Metres Kicking Metres Average Linebreaks Offloads Tackles Made Missed Tackles Total Running Metres Average Running Metres Kick Return Metres Total Points Average Points
Warriors 2020 2021 20 9 11 - 45% 6 - 24 17 0.83 3 21 537 47 1,769 88.00 17 804 40.2

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