Go the Eels, says David
Mead, a Lismore Marist Brothers product, said the Eels’ momentum would be hard to stop heading into the decider in Sydney.
“It’s hard to pick a winner but I’m hoping the Eels win to make it a good story at the end of the year,” he said.
“They’re both very good sides with plentyof good players like Billy Slater (Storm) and Jarryd Hayne (Eels). Both those players can do something special.”
Having witnessed the exploits of Hayne and Parramatta first-hand in the Titans’ 27-2 semi-final loss that ended Gold Coast’s season, Mead is well qualified to give his view on what’s the best way to
stop the Sydney team.
“Him (Hayne) andFui Fui (Moi Moi) arethe key to the Eels,” Mead said.
“Watching them against the Bulldogs, they stopped Fui getting momentum for a long time and they almost beat the Eels, and Jarryd Hayne and Eric Grothe are important to stop because they start their sets well.”
Despite representing his native Papua New Guinea in the World Cup last year, Mead broke into the Titans’ first-grade squad only midway through the season but he quickly became a regular, going on to play 14 games and scoring eight tries.
The 20-year-old will miss the Titans’ presentation night next week because he is heading to Port
Moresby to prepare to play for PNG in the Pacific Nations Cup.
The winner of the Cup will play in the Four Nations next year along with Australia, New Zealand and Great Britain.
“I’m injury free and feeling pretty good so I’m looking forward to the Pacific Cup and hopefully winning that and then qualifying for the Four Nations,” Mead said.
“Unfortunately I know we’ve lost a few players from last year. Neville Costigan played Origin so he’s not eligible and Paul Aiton is injured.”
Former Roosters star Adrian Lam will coach the Kumuls and he is tossing up playing Mead away from the wing.
“I think I might be playing fullback,” Mead said.
“I’ve played a few different positions including fullback before and I’m looking forward to getting involved more.”
PNG will play Tonga in Port Moresby on October 24 and, if they win, will take on the winner of the game between Fiji and Samoa.
Following that, Mead will holiday in the PNG capital to catch up with his Mum, brothers and sisters.