SIONE Mata’utia hopes to make the right kind of impact as he goes from the back yard to The Jungle against brother Peter.
For the St Helens new boy admits their childhood matches resulted in one or two bangs of the wrong sort – broken windows.
The former Australia international, still the Kangaroos’ youngest ever player after facing England in 2014, sought his Castleford ace sibling’s advice about England.
Now he is here, he cannot wait to get stuck in, just like his brother will in a repeat of the games that saw four boys who would go on to play in the NRL, go at it in Newcastle, New South Wales.
Mata’utia, 24, said: “It was crazy. It was always the oldest and the youngest together. There’s great memories and there were a few broken windows for sure.
“I spoke to my older bro, I’ve looked up to him. His kids are my nieces and nephews too, that helped a lot.
“I can’t wait to play him at The Jungle. I need to get my back up on him. Ever since I made my decision, he’s said, ‘I can’t wait to play you at The Jungle.’
“Peter doesn’t hold back and neither do I, I’m keen.
“And he was pretty honest with me. He said, ‘There’s an elephant in the room, it’s cold.’ He said come over with an open mind. Luckily, I love the cold weather.”
Mata’utia could have picked any NRL team to join but his desire to only play for Newcastle Knights sent him to England and champions Saints.
But words from coach Kristian Woolf convinced him he was making the right decision and Saints’ work in helping his family settled in reinforced his belief.
He added: “The first thing that got me interested is when Kristian said, ‘We’re a club that expects to be in the Grand Final.’ I definitely wanted to be a part of it, there’s quality everywhere at this club.
“I always wanted to be a one club man at Newcastle. That was part of the reason I didn’t sign with another NRL club. Coming to England would be my way of making sure I’m a one club NRL man.
“It was scary to move really. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. I knew I’d be all right as I’d be training but my missus backed my decision and we’ll get to know a bit more about each other without having a support network around us.
“And the club was instrumental in getting us some toys for the kids. Something small seemed so big to us. They cared straight away and they thought about us before we even got here.
“Now I’m just hoping we can repeat the Grand Final win, I don’t want to being over any bad luck from overseas!”
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