When you think of Fiji and sport, rugby, like with many South Pacific nations, is more of a religion than a national pastime. So, when a football convert bags a 75m try on his debut, it’s going to get some attention.
Australia’s National Rugby Championship is one of the proving grounds for many a prospective international star and after only one game for Queensland Country, Fijian flyer Filipo Daugunu has set tongues wagging that the small island nation could have unearthed yet another star for their formidable Rugby Sevens side.
Lining out on the wing for his NRC debut against the Sydney Rays, Daugunu, 22, was keen to show what he was made of.
In a game that saw a hat-trick from captain Duncan Paia’aua, it was the 24th minute restart return from Daugunu that got people all hot and bothered as the visitors romped to a 50 – 24 victory in Sydney.
Receiving the ball just outside his own 20 metre line, the former goalkeeper stepped on the gas, shaking off an early tackle before bamboozling another seven Rays defenders in a showcase of youthful speed and evasion, before dotting down uncontested for the flashiest of debut tries.
Take a look.
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While one try does not make a star, the manner of the Fijian’s effort will certainly put him on the radar and Queensland’s head coach, former All Black Brad Thorn, will surely be keen to see what else he can draw from his new rising star.
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