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Sport Wests Tigers cult hero Mahe Fonua's flat phone battery led to surprise axing

07:05  13 june  2018
07:05  13 june  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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A flat battery that stopped running on a dodgy phone has ensured Wests Tigers cult hero Mahe Fonua has not stopped running since. The Tigers centre has revealed he was late to a Sunday morning training session last month, and dumped to reserve grade as a result

The Wests Tigers have dropped new cult hero Mahe Fonua to the Intrust Super Premiership after he arrived at a training session on Sunday close to an hour late.

Mahe Fonua of the Wests Tigers.© AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts Mahe Fonua of the Wests Tigers.

Wests Tigers' cult hero Mahe Fonua was dumped to Reserve Grade after being late to a Sunday morning training session last month.

The pivotal centre has since revealed that the isolated incident was all down to a flat battery on a dodgy phone.

"My alarm didn't go off on my old phone because it dies and I didn't put it on the charger that night" Fonua told the Sydney Morning Herald.

"I have a new phone now."

Arriving an hour late to training, Ivan Cleary and the Tigers' leadership group wielded the axe on Fonua to uphold the club's values.

‘’(It’s) disappointing but the standards are what they are, we value certain things around here and that’s the way it’s going to keep going,’’ Cleary said.

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Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary didn't hesitate to drop cult hero Mahe Fonua despite his blockbuster man-of-the-match effort last week in the win over North Queensland. Wests Tigers winger Mahe Fonua scores a try against the Warriors.

Mahe Fonua (born 24 December 1992) is a Tongan international rugby league footballer who plays as a winger or centre for the Wests Tigers in the NRL. He previously played for the Melbourne Storm in the National Rugby League and Hull F.C. in the English Super League.

Despite being named as man-of-the-match only three days prior, the tough consquence was a 'wake up call' for the Tongan international.

"I didn't miss the actual training... I still took the field and trained but with the culture here and the direction we're heading I knew straight away we wouldn't let this slide. We don't want these things creeping in.

After spending a week in the NSW Cup, Fonua has proved his place in the rejuvenated Tiger's lineup with more than 20 hit-ups per game.

The Wests Tigers will take on Canberra this Sunday 4:10pm, at Campbelltown Stadium.

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