Jon Tuxworth June 30, 2012
Terrance Seu Seu makes a tackle while playing for Cessnock. Photo: Max Mason-Hubers
They made a failed play for star Manly hooker Matt Ballin, but could a cut-price former Sea Eagle emerge as a bolter to solve Canberra's hooker woes?
Terrence Seu Seu, who departed Brookvale at the end of last season, shapes as Newcastle's danger man in today's Country Rugby League Championship final against Canberra.
The 24-year-old has played 51 NRL games, and has been outstanding this year for the unbeaten Cessnock Goannas in the Newcastle competition.
Former Raiders dummy half Simon Woolford will get a close-up of Seu Seu when he attempts to coach Canberra to its first country title since 1999 at Seiffert Oval.
Woolford has engaged in some specialist coaching with the Raiders' hookers this year, and was unsure whether Seu Seu would be an option for the embattled NRL club.
The Canberra Times understands the Raiders are considering whether to pursue hookers Kurt Baptise (Brisbane), or Nathan Peats (Souths).
''I don't know how he would fit in here, whether he's someone the Raiders would look at,'' Woolford said.
''He's basically been out of sight, out of mind for a while.
''I'm not too sure there mate, that's a tough one, I'm just worried about what our team is going to do against him [today].
''He would come cheap because he's probably looking for an opportunity.''
Woolford watched Seu Seu's impressive performance in Newcastle's semi-final win over Central Coast a fortnight ago.
''A lot of their play revolved around him, but what we see at that sort of level is different to what an NRL club may see,'' he said.
''There are a lot of variables that go into making decisions on guys like Terence, but he's got ability, there's no doubt about that.
''If someone's looking for a hooker, maybe he will get another [NRL] chance at some stage.''
Woolford said Canberra had focused much of its preparation on negating the impact of Seu Seu and his Cessnock teammate, former Knights five-eighth Riley Brown.
''Obviously Riley and Terence control things quite well, we just have to work together as a unit,'' Woolford said.
Queanbeyan Blues hooker Jordan Hammond will be charged with shutting down Seu Seu's impact today.
Woolford wants Hammond to fight fire with fire and shoulder the responsibility of sparking Canberra's attack.
''He's a really good defender and is quite clever out of dummy half,'' Woolford said.
''What I'd encourage Jordy to do is take them on a bit more and be a little selfish at times.''
Dynamic centre Dennis Gordon has been ruled out of Canberra's side with a knee injury, and has been replaced by Josh Toohey.