Ethan, 9, and Zachary, 12, Barker with Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and Nelson Asofa-Solomona.
Ethan, 9, and Zachary, 12, Barker with Tino Fa'asuamaleaui and Nelson Asofa-Solomona. Nick Wright

How the Cowboys contained Gympie's Fa'asuamaleui

RUGBY league: He weighs more than 100kg and measures at 198cm, Gympie's Tino Fa'asuamaleui was not going to be easy to contain in the second week of trials.

The Melbourne Storm travelled to Mackay to take on the North Queensland Cowboys and as the youngsters shone for both sides, the Cowboys proved too strong winning 14-6.

Gympie's superstar had more than 20minutes on the field, he needed to show his best football to impress coach Craig Bellamy for a shot a jersey for round 1.

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But the big forwards from North Queensland were just better when it counted and were able to contain to big second rower.

Despite not playing his best football, the Storm side did not play their usual style of football and were met with an experienced Cowboys team.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Tino Fa'asuamaleaui of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL Trial Match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors at GMHBA Stadium on February 22, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)
GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 22: Tino Fa'asuamaleaui of the Storm runs with the ball during the NRL Trial Match between the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors at GMHBA Stadium on February 22, 2019 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images) Darrian Traynor

There were some positives working in Fa'asuamaleui's favour for a round 1 start with the number of players needed by the opposition to bring him down.

Every time Fa'asuamaleui charged for the defensive line, three Cowboys players were needed to bring him down.

Despite his size, Fa'asuamaleui is still very agile. He has the ability to strike down a defensive line, an attacking style of play and being a part of a usual Storm side, we will see this style of play come through.

The Storm host the Brisbane Broncos in the season opener at AAMI Park on Thursday, March 14.