Comets hooker Tevita Latu, seen here performing a bench press, was the winner of the team's strength test challenge yesterday.
Comets hooker Tevita Latu, seen here performing a bench press, was the winner of the team's strength test challenge yesterday. Chris Ison

Latu's claim for strongest Comet

CENTRAL Comets player Tevita Latu could bench press an overweight human, he could even give Peter Penaia – once dubbed the strongest man in the NRL, a run for his money, but he doesn’t like to boast.

On Tuesday evening the 88kg hooker and the rest of the region’s number one rugby league team were put through some gruelling exercises to test their stamina off the field, under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Justen Parle.

“After playing 10 games into the season they’re a bit fatigued, so it was for my knowledge just to see where they’re at so I can assess their strength,” Parle said.

The session required them to perform their best bench press and squat lifts along with their maximum number of chin-ups.

Latu bench pressed the highest weight – 155kg for one rep, with second-rower Ty Haynes coming in second, bench pressing 145kg.

The most weight lifted in a back squat was from second rower Chris Gesch at 200kg and front rower Tim Glasby came in second at 190kg.

Winger BJ Munns won the most chin-ups challenge, getting to 21, with Haynes completing 19.

Parle said Latu performed the best due to his overall weight-to-strength ratio.

“He trains very well and often; he’s in there even on a Wednesday when we don’t train, so he’s very committed and puts in 100%.”

“He put in a good effort and was solid in his performance.”

But Latu said he wasn’t expecting it.

“I went all right I thought.

"Bench pressing is my favourite exercise.”



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