Shute Shield: Latu leads Rats to victory over Two Blues as clubs raise funds for Tonga

By Jon Geddes

WARRINGAH’S 36-29 victory over the Western Sydney Two Blues last Saturday meant a lot more to Rats’ young prop Sateki Latu than collecting the five crucial competition points – because for him it was all in the family.

The Pasifika round game at Rat Park was a fundraiser for the nation of Tonga which has started the painstaking task of rebuilding after the volcanic eruption and tsunami that tore apart the Pacific island paradise and rugby stronghold in January.

The event, which was organised by Warringah, had added significance for Latu as the outstanding young frontrower has a proud Tongan heritage.