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Joe pumped ahead of game 150

Joe Ofahengaue will run out for his 150th NRL appearance on Saturday against the Roosters, and he’s keen to double that tally in years to come.

Joe made his NRL debut with Brisbane Broncos in 2015 and went on to play in a Grand Final in his very first season.

A proud Queenslander
A proud Queenslander

He’s since played handful of Origin games for Queensland, proudly represented Tonga, and has been one of Wests Tigers most consistent players in his first two seasons at the club.

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While the wins haven’t yet stacked up as Joe would have liked at the Wests Tigers, he’s confident the club is poised to make big strides over the next few years.

“We’ve got a lot of young forwards coming through and that really excites me.

As one of the senior guys at the club my job is to show the way and help set the standards, and I enjoy doing that."

Joe Ofahengaue

"I try and teach them the craft about playing as a middle forward. Hopefully guys like Justin (Matamua) and Fonua (Pole) can learn a thing or two off me in the next few weeks and in years to come.”

2022 debutant Fonua Pole
2022 debutant Fonua Pole

"We’ve got so much to look forward to as a club.  I’m really excited to be working with Sheensy next year and I know all these young fellas are as well.”

The new Centre of Excellence is just amazing, and it’s been a great first week in our new home.”

Joe Ofahengaue

Joe’s immediate focus is Saturday night at the SCG, where he hopes to mark his 150 milestone with a win.

“To beat the Roosters, we’ve got to win the middle and that’s a big part of my job.”

We started slowly against the Sharks and we paid the price.”

We’re going to have go after their ‘big dogs’, like Lodge, Radley and JWH. Our middles are well prepared and ready, so we’ll just see how we go.”

Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Joe is not just bullish Saturday’s battle against the Roosters, but also about his team’s future.

“I was speaking to one of our Members the other day and he was talking about a five year plan.”

I’d like to think we can finish this year strongly and then give it a good crack next season.”

Joe Ofahengaue
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