Rooster ready to Jet
Giant Sydney Roosters front rower Kane Evans has been terrifying Toyota Cup defences for the past two seasons.by NRL
Giant Sydney Roosters front rower Kane Evans has been terrifying Toyota Cup defences for the past two seasons. Last weekend they finally got a break from the big man when he turned out for the Newtown jets in the VB NSW Cup.
Evans was last year selected in the Toyota Cup team of the year and just last month represented NSW in the inaugural U/20s State of Origin match.
We caught up with Kane as he discussed his future plans and the differences between the two different competitions.
How did you find the step up in intensity?
It was so much more physical than playing in the Toyota Cup it was unbelievable, I really enjoyed playing with guys that have heaps of NRL experience. We had blokes like Justin Carney in our team and the little tips that I picked up from him and the other guys were great.
How did you rate your performance?
I thought my first half was great but my second was a bit of a struggle I dropped the ball a few times but I think it was because I was really fatigued from playing in such a physical battle. It has taught me that I really need to concentrate on even the small things like ball possession when I am really buggered.
Did you learn anything about the Toyota Cup competition by playing for the Jets?
Yeah I actually felt that whilst it was a lot more physical and tougher with the Jets, I found the speed of play in the 20s to be a bit faster based on just the one game I played anyway.
Just a few weeks ago you played in another tough match, the inaugural U/20s State of Origin, how did you find that match?
It is without a doubt the hardest game I have ever played in! It was a great feeling to be out there and I hope i showed a bit of leadership out on the field. What was really great about the game though was that all of the boys who have played NRL compared the game to a first grade match.
What are your goals for the rest of 2012?
I really want to be able to win the 20s premiership with the boys at the end of the year! I want to play consistent football for the whole season and hopefully maybe get a crack at the NRL towards the end of the season. There's no reason I shouldn't be able to give it a crack.
Where do you want to be at this time next season?
Well this year I am really trying to lay myself the platform for next season when I will be too old for 20s and hopefully give myself a good look in for first grade.
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