Schoolboy backrower who’s faster than Latrell

Ipswich State High School has unearthed an exciting rugby league backrow talent with a top speed to rival that of New South Wales State of Origin flyer Josh Addo-Carr and book Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell.

Ativalu Lisati is a quietly spoken student in his first season of Langer Cup who tends to let his football do the talking.

During a recent foot chase with Keebra Park SHS speedster Reece Walsh, a GPS tracker worn by Lisati that day clocked him at a highest speed of 36.83kph.

To put that burst of speed into perspective, when the NRL released its figures highlighting the top speed of players recorded earlier this season, only Addo-Carr (38.50kph) was quicker.

Ipswich State High School Langer Cup forward Ativalu Lisati
Ipswich State High School Langer Cup forward Ativalu Lisati

Sydney Roosters sensation Mitchell (36.60kph) and Dragons speed demon Matt Dufty (36.50kph) were second and third on the NRL list behind Adda-Carr, but both were behind Lisati's burst of pace.

"He came flying from nowhere,'' recalled Ipswich coach Joshua Brethreton. "He did not get him (Walsh) but he came closer than anyone else.''

When Lisati saw the GPS statistic relating to his top speed, he modestly thought: "It was a just a number. I don't know how quick others are.''

So where does Lisati get his speed from?

"It comes from my old man. I reckon my old man had the pace,'' he said.

Lisati said his brother, a past student of Ipswich SHS, also believed he was faster, but Lisati does not believe him.

Lisati was a winger in his home city of Auckland and then a centre, but since moving to Ipswich this year where he lives with his brother Faatupu, he has developed into a second rower.

Aside from pace, Lisati also has a big motor.

The same day he was recording sprinting at 36.83kph, he ran 8km which are big numbers for the forward.

Lisati is now is gathering experience with every Langer Cup match he plays on the right edge for Ipswich.

"My brother told me before I came over it is not easy, that I would have to put my head down and work hard,'' Lisati said.

Livestreaming of The Langer Cup resumes today.

Round five Langer Cup matches to be livestreamed from this afternoon, Wednesday, include a massive match between Palm Beach Currumbin and KeebraPark (5.30pm), while Ipswich SHS take on Marsden SHS (5.30pm) and St Mary's confront Wavell SHS (3.30pm and

Those who do not have a subscription will be able to watch for as little as $3.50 a week under the Hot Offer deal currently available.

The games will be near the top of the home page of this site just ahead of kick-off time.

Last month News Queensland and Queensland School Sport Rugby League partnered to start livestreaming of the premier schoolboy league competitions in the State - the Allan Langer Cup in the southeast and the Aaron Payne Cup in Central Queensland - from News Corporation's news websites from Townsville to the Gold Coast.



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