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Video shows Cronulla powerhouse Siosifa Talakai smashing the opposition at just EIGHT years old

Stunning unearthed video shows Cronulla powerhouse Siosifa Talakai smashing the opposition at just EIGHT years old

  • Talakai scored an incredible try from halfway in a grand final for Mascot Jets 
  • Coach at the time said he was always strong and exceptionally good on his feet
  • Sharks centre is the NRL’s form player and is in State of Origin contention 

Blockbusting Cronulla centre Siosifa Talakai has played himself into contention for a State of Origin spot for NSW with some awesome displays in 2022 – and now a video from his junior footy days has proved he’s always been a game-breaker.

Talakai is a South Sydney junior who played for the Mascot Jets as a boy before being signed by the Rabbitohs for the 2016 season – and it’s not hard to see why they wanted him.

Vision of the 25-year-old playing for the Jets in an under-eights grand final shows him scoring an incredible try after getting the ball at the halfway line and beating tackler after tackler with a devastating step and great pace.

Talakai (right) is seen on his amazing tryscoring run for the Mascot Jets under-8s, which saw him beat several tacklers after getting the ball on the halfway line

As a youngster Talakai used a great step and speed to beat his opponents. Nowadays he's just as good at running right over the top of them, as he did to great effect during a stunning two-try display against Manly in round seven (pictured)

As a youngster Talakai used a great step and speed to beat his opponents. Nowadays he’s just as good at running right over the top of them, as he did to great effect during a stunning two-try display against Manly in round seven (pictured)

That team went undefeated for 13 straight years, also featured current Souths stars Cameron Murray and Keaon Koloamatangi and was coached by former Bunnies forward Darren Brown.

‘What you see now is what he was doing back then,’ Brown told the Daily Telegraph.

‘His carries were strong and his defence was strong, and he was always quick and good on his feet.’

Those sentiments were echoed by another ex- Souths player who coached Talakai as a teenager, Robert Sait, who recalled the youngster taking the team through extra training before a grand final without being asked to do so.

He made his first-grade debut for the Rabbitohs against the Gold Coast in 2016, scoring a try with his first touch of the football at NRL level after running onto a pass from Greg Inglis.

The Souths junior made his NRL debut for the Bunnies, who must be wishing they'd held onto him now that he's in barnstorming form for Cronulla

The Souths junior made his NRL debut for the Bunnies, who must be wishing they’d held onto him now that he’s in barnstorming form for Cronulla 

He left Souths for Penrith in 2018 in a decision the Redfern club are now surely regretting, but didn’t make first grade with them and was released later that year.

A stint at Newtown followed, where he played well enough to get an offer from Cronulla and debuted for them in round four, 2020.

The hard work Talakai has been putting into his game has paid off in a big way this year as he has stamped himself as arguably the form player of the NRL.

That was never better illustrated than in the Sharks’ win over Manly last Thursday, when he put in one of the best individual efforts seen in a Sharks jersey.

The centre racked up 193 metres, nine tackle breaks, two tries and two try assists in the first half alone as the home side ran out to a 32-0 lead.

His display blew up online, with one fan changing Talakai’s Wikipedia page to say he ‘owned’ the Sea Eagles, AFL star Nic Naitanui saying he was ‘outta control’ and former NRL star Willie Mason branding him ‘unstoppable’.

The centre's first half against Manly was incredible: 193 metres, nine tackle breaks, two tries and two try assists in 40 minutes

The centre’s first half against Manly was incredible: 193 metres, nine tackle breaks, two tries and two try assists in 40 minutes

With Latrell Mitchell out injured for the first State of Origin game, Talakai’s play has seen him emerge as a favourite to fill the vacancy. 

Rugby league Immortal Andrew Johns said the Shark is ‘up to his neck’ in the race for the spot because he can do the hard yards in the middle of the field, on the edge of the ruck and cause chaos in the centres.

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