Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Gloucester were victorious at Franklin's Gardens on Sunday as they beat Newcastle Falcons 34-7 to win the LV= Cup at their third attempt. The try of the game was a classic, scored by the multi-talented Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu.
You will have seen Fuimaono-Sapolu here on RD sometime last week as he pulled off a sensational dummy against the Dragon's in the semi final. This time he's been involved in another superb bit of play, finishing off a try in which he touched the ball four times in the build up. Credit must also go to Nicky Robinson and Matt Cox, who were both heavily involved.
Samoan Fuimaono-Sapolu, who is actually 30 years old but still looks baby-faced, has since said that he believes they never would have scored the try if it weren't for the freedom of expression that has been offered to them by coaches Bryan Redpath and Carl Hogg.
"I want to give credit to Hoggy and Brushy, they've taken a lot of stick over the last year and a half. They said, (at halftime) 'right you've done all the hectic stuff, now get back to playing the way we want to play'.
"And the number one thing they tell us to do is enjoy rugby; enjoy playing the game, and just go out there and play. Especially for me, I need that and it pays off. If it wasn't for that, there would have been no blind passes inside and out from any of us for that try, there would have been none of that jazz.
"I was already there and Nicky came blind, he hit me, I put in a no-look pass back inside to Coxy, and he offloaded back to me. I gave it back to Dai, we criss-crossed and then he gave it back to me, and that's why I celebrated before putting it down.
"I just thought 'Whoah, I can't believe we just did that!' That was the moment, that was when we knew," said the qualified solicitor.
French hooker Olivier Azam, now 36 years old, viewed things slightly differently. "I didn't really see it: I was just trying to run behind him and catch up, but he didn't pass me the ball."
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Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's outrageous dummy for Gloucester