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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's fantastic try against the Newcastle Falcons

Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's fantastic try against the Newcastle Falcons

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."

You can catch more of Gloucester in action on Premiership Rugby TV

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:10 am | View Comments (24)

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tehsniper March 23, 2011 10:27 am

This one gonna be stolen by the English team soon by the looks of things!

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 10:29 am

Not even an individual effort.

Im the winner.

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Oli March 23, 2011 10:34 am

This player seems to be something special! Any Gloucester fans there who could tell us if he's just the occasional genius or does things like that at every game?

I love this one particularly since it's really both an individual and a collective try!

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Nick March 23, 2011 10:35 am

Firstly that's a great bit of play and a great try. He had a storming game and put in some decent hits as well

The bit that makes this even better is that Bath offloaded this guy and he wasn't getting any game time there. How they got rid of this guy and hung on to Hape, Carraro and Banahan is beyond me. So the choice is Banahan or Fuimaono-Sapolu at centre, hmmm....

What's the alternatives Samoa have to this guy at centre? as far as I underdstand he's struggling to get into the squad.

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Nick March 23, 2011 10:39 am

Oli, he's had a great season. This game was a stand out (and gloucester have needed some players to lead from the front in big matches). He's like all flair players, sometimes it works other times the pass disappears into nowhere. He's benefited from having Robinson inside him whose been giving him some decent ball to work with and a backline that work with him as he's big on offloading in the tackle.

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 12:06 pm

nice one

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GTI March 23, 2011 1:06 pm

What a great player he is!
Does Anybody know if we will see him at the world cup?
I think in his form it should be strange if Samoa wouldnt need him!

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Korupt March 23, 2011 1:39 pm

politics keeping him out of the samoan team....what a shame!

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 3:35 pm

Samoa Rugby Union and the PM of Samoa refused to select his in the Samoa squad due to politics feaud yrs back... fucken shame! The man is on fire n in form... GRRRRRR!

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Oli March 23, 2011 3:51 pm

So tehsniper (whom i usually hate) might be right this time?

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SmellyNerfherder March 23, 2011 5:07 pm

I wish he was English..... We need a number 12!

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Mike March 23, 2011 5:26 pm

Brilliant hands.

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 6:26 pm


13. Mapusua

acutally not bad!

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Anonymous March 23, 2011 7:25 pm

great try but ive never seen the gardens so empty
was the m1 closed that day

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Rich March 23, 2011 11:10 pm

Oli, he is amazing. really took us by surprise this season, his current form is as good as anyone in the world. he can tackle, pass, dummy, package for a 12.

i love the fact that im very briefly in that video.... lol

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 1:01 am

To have your moment of inspiration paid off with results - that must have been a wonderful feeling :).

Good stuff Gloucester and congrats on win!

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 5:02 am

Great try, if you like this then look up some the super 15 games from the weekend, brilliant attacking rugby on a consistent basis....... about 6 would be try of the week in the Guinness Premiership

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islandroots March 24, 2011 6:01 am

9. Fotualii
10. Levave(reluctantly)
11. Tuilagi
12. Mapusua
13. Fuimaono
14. Pesamino
15. Williams

As other have stated.. the PM of Samoa is a douche bag and deserves to get his butt whooped!!

EFS for RWC!!!!

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 6:02 am


he can't play for england.. he represented samoa in the 07 world cup

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Cronk March 24, 2011 6:40 am


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Anonymous March 24, 2011 7:33 am

the thing about this guy is he hasn't been a team player in the past...he's quick to turn on his team mates when things don't go well...evident from his time with samoa where played as an a sole act...fair skills but he couldn't crack it nz because of the atitude, if he gets that right how is a team game!

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 5:02 pm

Eh? He was unbelievable for Samoa! Best player of the last 5 years! He came through during a time when most of the Manu players were rubbish. In NZ he never got a shot because he never could attend trainings because he was studying Law! I know, I was in that squad with him. Fair play to Eli. Now look! You can never shut out REAL talent! Through all the hate, he still shines through. Really happy for you bro. God Bless.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 6:07 pm

have to replay it! So quick. Great hands by the other players too.

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Anonymous March 24, 2011 11:33 pm

Great try ! But how awful are these english commentators... "and that would be remembered as one of the tries of the season." yawn...

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