Blues prop Charlie Faumuina showed composure beyond his considerable frame to score a try against Chiefs on Friday.
The 30-year-old All Black was in action with his side and although he ended up on the losing side of the Super Rugby clash, Faumuina produced a moment of magic near the end.
Faumuina, a second half replacement for Sione Mafileo, received the ball from Augustine Pulu before making short work of Chiefs’ James Lowe, casually sidestepping the winger on the way to reducing the side’s deficit.
As it was, Blues still lost the match 41-26 but Faumuina’s moment of agility and deftness was still to be celebrated. It’s one of the reasons that former Blues (and current Connacht) head coach Pat Lam once said of the New Zealand tighthead:
“He’s a big man but his footwork is unbelievable, he’s got footwork like a ballerina and I think it’s a massive asset.”
Indeed, it’s a sight that European audiences may soon be seeing more of, as the 2015 World Cup winner will be joining Top 14 side Toulouse in the summer.
The winger whom Faumuina left red-faced and trailing in his wake, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Leinster.
The result, however, consigns Blues to their first defeat of the new Super Rugby season, while giving Chiefs two wins from as many games.
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