Thursday, October 02, 2008
Following on from our recent posting of Part 1 of the Jonah Lomu short documentary , the much anticipated Part 2 of this insightful video features more thrilling action of the legend in action, with plenty of tries and behind the scenes commentary.
If you haven't been able to watch Part 1 yet, please make sure you do as these two clips combined make for a fantastic 30 minutes of high intensity footage that will bring back many memories for some, and astound others.
Kicking off with the sensational 1999 World Cup performance where he terrorised England once again, who could ever forget the words of Keith Quinn as Lomu barged over the tryline to score.
The Semi-Final against France in the same year will be remembered for two things - France's incredible comeback victory, and Jonah Lomu. Lomu was a man against boys as his pace, power, and grit combined to bash off all in front of him, including big french number eight Abdel Benazzi.
We then follow Lomu as his move to Wellington makes a huge impact, both literally and figuratively. Along with teamates Tana Umaga and Christian Cullen, Lomu is simply unstoppable the majority of the time, with the majority of defenders almost opting to get out of the way rather than stand in front of the runaway train.
Jonah's ability to offload in the tackle, providing the scoring pass, was one of his most fascinating aspects, as he provided many tries for team mates in that manner. It was an element of his play that back then, and even today, sets him apart from the other big wingers of the game.
It's sad that at his current age of 33, Jonah should still be out there doing what he loves, but hasn't been able to. Destiny saw it otherwise, and what we're left with is fantastic memories of the man who was the games first real superstar of global proportions. Jonah single handedly changed rugby, and for that, the great man deserves all the praise and respect shown to him as he enters the next chapter of his life.
The footage doesn't go into Jonah's years of suffering with the devastating illness that effectively ended his career, but that's probably for the best as we want to remember the good times. We hope you enjoyed this awesome two part documentary.