Former All Black Joe Rokocoko reminded the rugby world that, even at 34, he is still a devastating force when he gets a head of steam going.
Europe has, until recently, been the destination for ageing southern hemisphere stars looking for one final challenge. In the last couple of seasons, however, younger stars have departed for the top leagues across Europe in order to secure a comfortable future for their families.
Rokocoko left his New Zealand home for France back in 2010, after an All Black career that included 68 caps and 48 tries.
Signing first with Aviron Bayonnais in 2011 and then Racing 92 in 2015, the powerful winger has continued to lurk and prowl across the back line in the Top 14.
Against Oyonnax on Sunday in Paris, Rokocoko erupted once more, first receiving a deft offload from France international Virimi Vakatawa, before barrelling down the touchline and into another shuddering contact.
His victim this time was Oyonnax full-back Quentin Etienne Lecoq, who was swatted away with the broad shoulder and forearm of the Kiwi.
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In credit the Oyonnax player, he immediately regained his feet after doing just enough to allow the scrambling visiting defence recover to stifle the big Racing wing.
Though Racing came away without any points from the attack, it was a sublimely worked piece of play from two of the Paris side’s danger men, who on the day combined for 25 carries and over 160m gained [Source: Rugbypass.com].
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