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  • Wests Tigers prop Marty Taupau won’t let mates get the best of him again

    2018 - 07.03

    Martin Taupau does not want to let his mates get the better of him twice in a week.
    Nanjing Night Net

    The Wests Tigers enforcer was in everything during Sunday’s loss to South Sydney, whether it be pushing Adam Reynolds in the back or constantly tangling with his New Zealand teammate Issac Luke.

    As he prepares to go up against his former Canterbury teammates, Taupau concedes he lost the last battle, which got personal.

    “We’re good mates; it’s all good banter on the field,” Taupau said of Luke.

    “Obviously we played for the Kiwis in the Four Nations together so when you’re on the field you don’t go half-hearted against each other. You want to get over each other.

    “I’ll give it to him, it’s probably 1-0 to him. We had a good chat after the game and it was all fun and games.”

    Tigers coach Jason Taylor warned Taupau needed to control his aggression, but the 25-year-old does not think he overstepped the mark.

    “That’s what you want to do, you don’t want to stay out of the picture, do you?” he said. “You’ve got to get amongst it and enjoy it and that’s what I’m doing.

    “I’m enjoying my football and want to be in everything.

    “A lot of people misinterpreted my aggression, that I was a bit loose of a cannon. But if you watch the game properly, when I got into a little scuffle it was a bit of push and shove and then a smile at the end. I’m not there to hurt anyone – unless you run straight and then I’ll tackle you.

    “I’m not going to throw punches, I’m not that silly to get suspended over a few punches.”

    Taupau spent four years at Belmore, but managed just 21 NRL appearances as he struggled to break into a formidable pack. However, he began to fulfil his potential after switching to the Tigers last year.

    Asked how they planned to stop Taupau, Canterbury captain James Graham said: “With great difficulty. When I first came to the club he was a young lad coming through and I’m really pleased … to see things are starting to come good for him. I know how hard he trained when he was here and to see him progress to international honours in the past 18 months, he’s been a real standout for them.”

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