Physical mismatches on the rugby pitch are inevitable given the range of attributes needed for the positions played. For Queensland Reds prop Taniela Tupou the mismatch is more often than not, comically skewed in his favour.
The 21-year-old has been showing Super Rugby fans what he is about this season following his meteoric rise to stardom as a rampaging schoolboy in Auckland.
Known as the ‘Tongan Thor’, the man-mountain is built like a concrete outhouse and has deftly adapted to the professional ranks by continuing his one-man demolition of unfortunate opponents,
The latest to feel the force of the 135kg Tupou running at full tilt is Highlanders fly-half Lima Sopoaga during their meeting at the weekend.
Despite losing the game 40-17, one of the highlights of the game was the awesome sight of Tupou bouldering towards the brave Sopoaga.
The near 40kg weight difference ensured there was to be only one result, that being Sopoaga left sprawled on his back after a truly thundering impact with the Tongan youngster.
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Credit where it is due, the Highlanders half-back certainly didn’t shy away from the inevitable train wreck that was coming and he managed, at least, to slow the monstrous prop enough to be caught and tackled before he could reek any more havoc.
Sopoaga even managed to make light of his crunching encounter by thanking Tupou, via his Twitter account, after the match.
— Lima Sopoaga (@LimaSopoaga) July 14, 2017
The 26-year-old is certainly made of strong stuff. Not many would have stood up so quickly after that hit.
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