Super sub: Vea Vea's green light to unleash hell
RUGBY LEAGUE: Jayden Vea Vea turned the A-grade Rockhampton Rugby League grand final on its head.
The electric super-sub comes on at dummy half, ready to execute a simple but lethal game plan. Play direct and cause havoc.
On the back of his forward pack's rampaging runs, Vea Vea picks and chooses when to dart and when to ball play.
He was involved in three tries and the trump card coach Damien Seibold needed to play in their 28-20 upset win.
The apprentice electrician sparked his side into gear and was a game changer.
"He was outstanding. When he came on, his speed around the ruck was devastating," Seibold praised looking back days after their win.
"The way we play with our two hookers, Grant Rogers does more of the tough stuff and ties up the middle or slots into back row.
"Where as Jayden's sole role is to play what is in front of him. He can fall back into structure but he has the green light to pepper the blokes in the middle, and he made a huge difference for us.
"I think three of our tries came from him, he is just so hard to handle."
Vea Vea, who was a mid-season recruit from Norths, had actually strained his quad ruling him out of the grand final qualifier. He played through pain against Yeppoon and again in the big dance.
"It did affect his speed a little. You could see him when he took the intercept, he had to check his stride a little," his coach said.
"He played injured to get us through, definitely not at 100%. He battled on."
Vea Vea, a Queensland TRL representative, said he enjoyed the challenge of going up against old team mates and friends.
"I was pretty happy with my effort, just good to do the best for the team," Vea Vea said.
"Seibold sets a pretty simple game plan for me. Ask questions and run the ball. I just play off the forwards and get us on the front foot. They make it pretty easy for me.
"I'd had a couple of years at Norths but I was looking for a change and I had some mates at Brothers who influenced me to come over.
"I have a lot of time and respect for Norths and they're really good footballers. I was looking forward to the challenge."