Friday May 18, 2012

Alafoti Faosiliva's huge hit, charge, and try against Fiji in London

Alafoti Faosiliva's huge hit, charge, and try against Fiji in London
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Sevens star Alafoti Faosiliva has been included in the Samoan training squad for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup, as well as their once off game against Scotland. In the London Sevens final the big man made a huge tackle, and later scored a powerful try.

If you’ve watched any of the IRB Sevens World Series in the last year or so the name, and thighs, of Faosiliva should be quite familiar to you. He’s been one of Samoa’s top try scorers on the circuit, and is the proverbial human wrecking ball.

Built like a tank and with the speed of a back, you don’t want to get in his way.

Unfortunately for some of the Fijians in London, they did, and they were smashed. Fiji won the final but two moments stood out from Faosiliva, namely a huge tackle in the second half, and later the try which gave Nigel Starmer Smith a new catchphrase in ‘Boom. Crash. Try’.

Faosiliva has been selected in the Samoan fifteens squad as a loose forward, so will be one to watch in the Pacific Nations Cup, which kicks off on 5 June when Samoa play Tonga.

There were a few controversial non-selections in the squad, with Rugby World Cup 2011 captain, and Chiefs hooker, Mahonri Schwalger being overlooked, as well as outspoken midfielder, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu. Schwalger openly criticised the behaviour of the Samoan management at the World Cup, and Fuimaono-Sapolu is viewed as unmanagable by new coach Stephen Betham.

Also worth watching, Seven of the Best tries from the London Sevens

Manu Samoa training squad:
James Sooialo, Lolo Lui Moataa, David Lemi, Ken Pisi, Paul Perez, Paul Williams, Fautua Otto, Isaia Tuifua, Faatoina Autagavaia, George Pisi, Male Sau, Ki Anufe, Tusi Pisi, Patrick Faapale, Kahn Fotualii, Jeremy Su’a, Nalu Tuigamala, Ofisa Treviranus, Chris Lowrey, Richard Muagututia, Maurie Faasavalu, Afa Aiono, Taiasina Tuifua, Alafoti Faosiliva, Kane Thompson , Maselino Paulino, Joe Tekori, Census Johnston, Logovii Mulipola, Sakaria Taulafo, James Johnston, Tuu Paulo, Ole Avei, Steve Fuala, Patrick Leafa.

12 Comments

  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Well done. One to tell the grandchildren.

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  •  thamesrowingclub
    thamesrowingclub

    Samoans just got it. Their population is less than 200,000. They really put their stamp on world sports.

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  •  stefan
    stefan

    ALAFOTI THE DUMPTRUCK! Loved seeing this guy on every 7s highlight reel this season. Really hope Samoa can get some groundbreaking wins in the next set of international matches. It's about time the balance of power was readdressed (although it still looks to sit heavily in the southern hemisphere...)!

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  •  cheyanqui
    cheyanqui

    if Lol wants everyone to write in words of three syllables or less, I'm sure there is a rugby league website he can go to.

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  •  pretzel
    pretzel

    Those with an enhanced vocabulary are the first to be singled out. What you should have said is: "f'ckin 'ard player"... That way you'd fit right in..

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    The word "veritable" is lamentably underused old chap.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    ^^^^^^^^^^^ ***Troll alert*** (Nicebutdim, that is)

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    This bloke appears all over the London Sevens highlights - http://www.rugbydump.com/2012/05/2582/fiji-win-the-london-sevens-as-new-zealand-take-overall-series-title. He was smashing people all over the place. Phenomenal player and a veritable monster.

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  •  stroudos
    stroudos

    Jesus wept. I can't believe you two have gone for bait quite that large and conspicuous. I'm sure I've seen both your usernames on here loads before - you can't have avoided seeing Buzz on here, usually moaning about soft tackling.

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  • Sarcasm maybe? In any case it's not fair to say he made no attempt, his left arm was outstretched at shoulder height, he just bounced off as quick as he opened his arms

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  •  buzzkillington
    buzzkillington

    Fijian tackler should receive at the very least a 2 week suspension. Absolutely no attempt to wrap.

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  •  fettsack
    fettsack

    Sevens is incredibly hard physically, I think it's very impressive to see a few really big guys fit enough to compete in this sort of tournament.

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