An assassin, a beast and a winning player

He’s been called an assassin and a beast, but for Tongan loose forward Vaea Fifita’s team mates, these are words of praise.

Fifita has won praise for his performance during the All Blacks game against Argentina in Chicago.

He scored a try with only 30 minutes left in the game, drawing praise for his 30 metre dash to the line.

The All Blacks won 39-22.

The team’s coach, Steve Hansen, nicknamed him ‘The Silent Assassin.’

Fifita made his mark playing for the Hurricanes in their first Super Rugby win.

Hurricanes team-mate Milner-Skudder described him as “an absolute beast.”

“He had some barnstorming carries in that first half as well and to see him finish a try like that – and that second try he nearly set up for Damian [McKenzie] afterwards – yeah, he’s a bit of a freak and it’s awesome just to see him get an opportunity at this level and just to do his thing,” Milner-Skudder said.

Fifita is from Vava’u. He was selected for the Tonga Schools side tour of New Zealand.

His performance on the tour led to a rugby scholarship to Tamaki College.

Fifita made his debut with the all Blacks against Samoa in Auckland.

During the match he scored a try.

The  main points

  • He’s been called an assassin and a beast, but for Tongan loose forward Vaea Fifita’s team mates, these are words of praise.
  • Fifita has won praise for his performance during the All Blacks game against Argentina in Chicago.
  • He scored a try with only 30 minutes left in the game, drawing praise for his 30 metre dash to the line.
  • The All Blacks won 39-22.

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