Regarded as one of the most dynamic players in the game, the 22-year-old struggled to make an impression on new Warriors coach Stephen Kearney with Lolohea restricted to just four NRL appearances in the opening 12 rounds of the season. The talented playmaker has called the Intrust Super Premiership home for the past few weeks but after a frustrating couple of months has earned a release from his contract and is set to start this weekend’s game against the Dragons at five-eighth. Taylor went through the same thing last year at the Panthers where he managed just two NRL appearances under new coach Anthony Griffin before he was dropped to reserve grade.The hard-working lock forward brokered a deal to leave Penrith and started afresh at the Tigers where he has been one of their most consistent performers ever since. “It will be a good opportunity for him because I know how it feels to play reserve grade when you know you’re capable of playing first grade but you’re not getting the opportunity,” Taylor told NRL.com. “That’s what I went thought last year, and I know when I came to the Tigers and got that chance again to play first grade, it’s hard to put into words what a difference it made. “You feel fresh, you get your hunger back and you want to earn the respect of the new guys you’re playing with so straight away you’ve got motivation to help you get through the first few days in a new environment.”Sometimes you’re stuck in reserves and you’re kicking stones because you’re playing well but no one really cares because that’s what’s expected of you because you’re a first-grader. “It’s mentally very tough to get up for reserve grade games, so I know Tui will be jumping out of his skin to get an opportunity in the halves, which is where I think he belongs.” Running out for a new team on the back of limited preparation won’t be an easy feat, but Taylor has backed his new teammate to get the job done after impressing him during Monday’s training session. “It’s pretty basic as a forward because your job is just to make metres and create space for your halves, but it’s a bit different for the playmakers,” he said. “I’m not in the best position to talk about what halves go through, but if he does the basics well – which I’m sure he will – then I’m sure he’ll be fine. “It was his first day at training yesterday but you would have thought he’d been playing with us for a couple of years the way he’s fitted in so seamlessly. He’s going to add a lot to our team in attack because he’s got that X-factor about him.”Tigers utility Michael Chee-Kam played against Lolohea in the National Youth Competition and knows just how good the Tonga and New Zealand representative can be with ball in hand. “I’ve played against Tui in the under-20s so I know that he’s a freak and on his day he can be a game breaker for us,” Chee-Kam told NRL.com.”I think it was my last year and he was just starting in the NYC and I remember he had really good feet so you had to make sure you stayed square in defence otherwise he’d burn you.”We had a light session on Monday and he looked really sharp. He was running around at five-eighth on Monday and he was barking out commands which was great to see. He’s spent the past two days with the coaches doing a lot of video sessions so you can tell he’s keen to learn and fit right in.” Photo by: Paul Barkley. Copyright: NRL Photos. Former Warrior Tuimoala Lolohea.
The Madrid derby returns, a game that has been involved in arbitrary controversies in recent times and more with the arrival of video arbitration. So far this season, Madrid and Atlético are two of the teams that have experienced the most intervention of this tool, but it is the whites who have ‘suffered’ more corrections to the referees against them.The Zidane team has experienced nine irruptions of video arbitration this season. Of which three were in favor (goal canceled by Brais Méndez for offside Aspas, the VAR forced to repeat the Ramos penalty that Soriano stopped when he was ahead and a goal annulled to De Jong for a previous foul) five against and an identity error (a yellow one shown to Valverde that was for Jovic). The interventions against were the following: a red to Modric for an entrance to the heel of Denis Suarez; a poorly annulled goal to Gerard Moreno for offside that ends up on the scoreboard and three goals voided for offside, one to Jovic against the Osasuna, another to Hazard before Betis and Casemiro to Valladolid. On the part of the rojiblanco group, in total it has experienced eleven interventions. Five went in favor (He awarded three penalties, the expulsion of Kang-In Lee for a serious abrupt game entry and validated a goal to Esteban Burgos that had been overturned for offside), four against (He annulled a penalty by Joao Felix, granted a maximum penalty against Atlético and annulled two goals for offside, Costa and Correa) and two ratifications by the referee after consulting the monitor.Last season Atlético claimed, both in the first round and in the second round, that the VAR should have entered to signal plays in its favor, but that it did not. In the first clash he sent a letter asking for explanations from the Technical Committee of Referees and in the second he published several tweets about plays in which they thought the VAR should have entered. Estrada Fernández, derby referee, has been corrected during this season in a match of each team. The Catalan collegiate was rectified from the VOR twice in the Celta-Madrid of the first day (to cancel the goal of Brais and show the red one to Modric) and he was recommended to review the goal of Betis to Atlético. He went to the monitor, but ended up granting Bartra’s goal even though he played in the Alex Moreno’s hand. An erroneous decision since all the goals in which there is a hand, even if it is involuntary, must be annulled. In total, Estrada has experienced nine interventions this season, the most in LaLiga with Gil Manzano.