Wellington Lions hooker Asafo Aumua scored a brilliant individual try on Sunday against Canterbury. Aumua ran 60 metres to score a try most backs would love to score.
The New Zealand u-20 international showed excellent pace and foot-work to score a brilliant solo try. The run included a beautiful move running around Canterbury full-back George Bridge.
The Wellington hooker is proving popular with his try-scoring feats over 2017.
Aumua was a key figure in helping New Zealand win the World U-20 Championship earlier this year with his blockbusting runs, speed and natural skill.
This included scoring three tries in the final against England. Aumua also scored a brilliant try by bumping off and outsprinting New Zealand 7s international Declan O’Donnell earlier in the Mitre 10 Cup.
The font-rower is following other New Zealand hookers in the mould of scoring tries out wide on the wing. Former All Black captain Sean Fitzpatrick was renowned to cross the chalk playing out wide.
Current All Black hooker Dane Coles has scored a number of great tries showing exceptional speed over recent years.
The high-flying Aumua’s form has contributed to Wellington sitting first in the Championship section of the Mitre 10 Cup. Aumua will develop his trade at Super Rugby level as an understudy to Dane Coles at the Hurricanes in 2018.
He will need to show he can perform a hooker’s core role amongst his dashes of brilliance. A continuation of this brilliant form will see him push for higher honours in the near future.
For the record, Wellington won this match 60-14 handing Canterbury their first defeat of the season.
Carlin Crossan, Pundit Arena
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