It was a night to forget for the Sydney Roosters against the Penrith Panthers but a brutal shot from a teenage sensation proved to be one bright spot on an otherwise dismal night in which the Chooks went down 32-12 at the SCG.
Joseph Suaalii, Easts’ 18-year-old winger who hasn’t even played 20 games of first-grade football, put a monster hit that absolutely rattled the rib cage of 109-game Panthers forward Viliame Kikau.
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With the Panthers lurking dangerously close to the Roosters tryline, Penrith five-eighth Jarome Luai had the ball near the left sideline and looked to take on the Chooks’ line.
Just at the last second, Luai handed the ball off to Kikau, but little did the barnstorming second-rower know what was awaiting him.