Blowes Clothing Cup 2017: Derby game-changer - Javarn Nofoagatotoa (Dubbo Rhinos)

EXCITEMENT MACHINE: The form of Javarn Nofoagatotoa is one of the big reasons the Dubbo Rhinos have improved so much in 2017. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

EXCITEMENT MACHINE: The form of Javarn Nofoagatotoa is one of the big reasons the Dubbo Rhinos have improved so much in 2017. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Javarn Nofoagatotoa will break a tackle in Saturday’s derby.

That’s about as close to a certainty as you can get.

There’s also every chance he will rattle the ribcage of a Dubbo Kangaroos player.

The flying Nofoagatotoa has been a big hit with the Rhinos players and fans since linking with the club this season and has been one of the stars during the side’s three wins from the opening five rounds.

His defence is sensational. He hits hard. - Dave Stuart on Javarn Nofoagatotoa

His versatility has also been a huge boost for the side as he has slotted into the front row and centres so far and has left his mark in both positions.

“His defence is sensational. He hits hard,” Rhinos coach Dave Stuart said.

“He came over to play prop for us but we’ve used him in a few places. He played in the centres last game and at prop a bit too so we’ll probably look to use him in the same way this week because of his versatility.”

Another big thing Nofoagatotoa has brought is variety.

Too often last season opposition defences would shut down Ricky Weatherall and there would be little else on offer from the Rhinos’ attack.

But that’s not the case this season and if Nofoagatotoa gets into some space and starts playing with confidence there is every chance the Rhinos can push their more fancied rivals.

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