Record Debut For Su’A

Record Debut For Su'A

Record Debut For Su'A

Record Debut For Su'A

Record Debut For Su'A

Record Debut For Su'A

JAYDN Su'A produced a gutsy performance on the night he set an amazing record for the Brisbane Broncos.

Su'A became the youngest forward to start a match in club history when he debuted as a second rower against the Wests Tigers.

Running on at the age of 18 years and 216 days, he broke a 27-year-old record.

The holder was former Queensland Origin forward Andrew Gee, who started his first match at 18 years and 330 days.

Other forwards like David Taylor and Andrew McCullough have played at a younger age off the bench for the Broncos, but not as a starting player.

"I found out just before the game," said Su'A, a Logan Brothers product.

"It was pretty emotional to be honest, and I was pretty grateful and it's something I will cherish for a long time.

"I was surprised to be picked.

"It was an awesome experience and a big surprise and I am just happy to have gotten my first game."

With Origin players hopefully to return for the Broncos' match against the Warriors in New Zealand on Saturday, Su'A may not be needed this week.

But his team-topping 45 tackles against the Tigers showed coach Wayne Bennett he was not out of his depth.

He managed to play the entire 80 minutes, a superhuman effort for a young player in his first game.

The teenager said it had been a tough initiation - especially as the team lost by a point - but it was something to remember.

"I was pretty buggered the first 10 minutes - I was blowing hard," he said.

"But I just decided to keep pushing because I didn't want to let anyone down.

"It was the biggest crowd I have ever played in front of and sometimes it was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think.

"But it was just great to have my first game at Suncorp Stadium."

 

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