Pangai pushing to make lasting impact

first_imgFrustrated at the lack of NRL opportunities in Canberra, Pangai picked up the phone to ask Bennett some advice and in a matter of weeks had signed to play under the master coach in Brisbane.The pair discussed the 2016 season being one of development for the enormously gifted back-rower but in Round 12 he was elevated to the 17 in the absence of Brisbane’s Origin stars and played 33 minutes for 114 metres and two offloads.The 20-year-old played a further 13 top grade games in 2016 but only once for longer than he did in his debut (37 minutes against the Bulldogs in Round 16), averaging a tick under 23 minutes from his 14 NRL games to date.Under the watchful eye of Bennett, assistant coach Jason Demetriou and head of high performance Jeremy Hickmans Pangai is spending pre-season trying to build a motor that not only roars at full pace but can run for much longer without the need for a pit stop.”I don’t want to be coming on and playing five or 10 minutes. I want to be coming on and playing a good solid 20 each way,” said Pangai, who has been joined at the Broncos this year by his older brother Moses.”That’s what we’re working on this pre-season, getting fit so I can build a motor that can allow that.”I don’t want to lose too much weight because I want to keep that big body in the team so hopefully I can keep that big body but keep fit at the same time.”I was probably the last picked on the bench [in 2016] so hopefully I can come on first off the bench or second. Hopefully not playing the last 20 minutes, hopefully playing 20 each way in the middle, that’s where I want to be.”Last year was more of a development year for me. I spoke to Wayne about that and hopefully this year I can have a bigger role in the team.”A major focus for Pangai is his defensive reads and workload when under fatigue and he has some voices in his head pushing him to be in position when his team needs him to be there.Now that veteran Corey Parker is no longer at the club Maroons and Kangaroos representative Josh McGuire has taken an active interest in young forwards such as Pangai, Herman Ese’ese, Salesi Funaki and teenager Payne Haas.Along with Bennett, McGuire is the man whom Pangai is listening out for when pre-season training is at its most demanding.”When I’m under fatigue Wayne’s just trying to talk to me a lot,” Pangai said.”Wayne won’t be out there when I’m on the field so I need to learn how to talk to myself or get someone in the team like Josh McGuire to just keep talking to me.”I wouldn’t say he’s more mature [this year] but he’s grown a lot. He’s helping a lot of the younger boys and taking us out and doing extra wrestling and extra defence.”That’s awesome to have a guy like him when I’m coming up.”As for any dietary adjustments in order to enhance his fitness, Pangai concedes that it’s big brother who is dominating the kitchen at home.”He’s a better cook, he’s always on the ‘barbie’,” Pangai explained. “I try and make a salad but it’s mainly just meat.”We’re living together at the moment but he’s going to find his own house soon.”He’s settling in well but we don’t really do extras, the club doesn’t allow us to.”We just try and enjoy each other’s company in our downtime.”last_img read more

Tiger Woods returning after fifth surgical procedure on left knee

first_imgMOST READ Tiger Woods of the United States answers a reporter’s question during a news conference ahead of the Challenge: Japan Skins event at Accordia Golf Narashino C.C. in Inzai, Japan, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Tiger Woods will play at the Zozo Championship PGA Tour which will be held at Oct. 24-27. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)INZAI CITY, Japan — Tiger Woods is returning from another surgical procedure on his left knee — his fifth on the same problem spot.“Unfortunately, I’ve been down this road with my knee before,” Woods said Monday. “This is my fifth operation on it. I understand what it takes to come back from it. It’s been nice to have movement again and not having it catch and lock up.”ADVERTISEMENT “It progressively got worse and got to where it was affecting even reading putts,” Wood said. “You could see toward the end of the year I wasn’t getting down on my putts well.”Woods said he had the surgery, wanting to be ready for the two events this week in Japan, followed in December by the Hero Challenge, and the Presidents Cup in Melbourne, Australia.“It’s been nice to be able to squat down and read putts and start going at it full speed again,” Woods said. “It’s just been wear-and-tear over the years. It’s just been stressed out for a very long time.”Woods repeated his interest in playing in next year’s Tokyo Olympics. But he has work to do to qualify.“It would be an honor to represent my country in the Olympic Games,” Wood said. “Right now I’m ninth in the world ranking and hopefully in the next year I can have a good year and qualify and represent my country.”ADVERTISEMENT This jewelry designer is also an architect View comments Addressing growing fan behavior problem top priority for NBA Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:46Duterte has only scratches on elbow, knee after motorcycle accident — Go00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’center_img LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Becoming his own man Woods, who had arthroscopic surgery two months ago, plays the made-for-television “The Challenge: Japan Skins” event on Monday, and the Zozo Championship beginning on Thursday — the first full PGA Tour event in Japan.Woods will play with Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, and Hideki Matsuyama in the skins game at the Narashino Country Club, the same venue for Zozo Championship. The course is located about 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of central Tokyo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe course for next year’s Olympics is located nearby at the Kasumigaseki Country Club.Woods said the knee troubled him all season, becoming more bothersome after he won the Masters in April. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more