Folau’s new team cops 88-0 thrashing

Israel Folau’s newest team will be hoping the cross-code star can get approval to play from Queensland Rugby League sooner rather than later after the Southport Tigers were on the receiving end of an 88-0 thrashing on the weekend.

Folau is plotting his return to top-flight rugby league in Australia, but it’s been far from a smooth ride since he departed Catalans Dragons in France and buddied up with mining magnate Clive Palmer.

Palmer is sponsoring Folau’s push to get back into the game at home but they’ve still got some hurdles to leap to get the controversial cross-code star registered with the QRL.

And on the field, Folau has a challenge ahead turning around the fortunes of his new team, as evidenced by the Tigers’ 88-0 defeat at the hands of the top-of-the-ladder Burleigh Bears.

A week ago Palmer was eager to see Folau trot out against the Bears, had the QRL not stipulated he first needed to be released from Catalans to register with the league and play Gold Coast A-grade footy with the Tigers.

However it’s unlikely even the former Wallabies, Kangaroos, and Queensland Origin star could have saved the Tigers from the Bears, who scored a whopping 15 tries in the beat-down as Folau, Palmer and fellow controversial former NRL star Tony Williams watched from the sidelines.

Southport have only one win so far this season, but their struggle couldn’t barely have been played out in more dire fashion than it did on the weekend in front of its new recruits.

Folau is unable to train with the team due to the registration speed hump, and his status with the Tigers is no closer to being resolved as Palmer and his team pursue legal action against the QRL on discrimination grounds, having also flagged legal action against Catalans.

Southport next take on the Tugun Seahawks.

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