An assassin, a beast and a winning player

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Vaea Fifita has a spectacular starting debut against Argentina last Saturday. Photo/All Blacks

He’s been called an assassin and a beast, but for Tongan loose forward Vaea Fifita’s team mates, these are words of praise.

Fifita has won praise for his performance during the All Blacks game against Argentina in Chicago.

He scored a try with only 30 minutes left in the game, drawing praise for his 30 metre dash to the line.

The All Blacks won 39-22.

The team’s coach, Steve Hansen, nicknamed him ‘The Silent Assassin.’

Fifita made his mark playing for the Hurricanes in their first Super Rugby win.

Hurricanes team-mate Milner-Skudder described him as “an absolute beast.”

“He had some barnstorming carries in that first half as well and to see him finish a try like that – and that second try he nearly set up for Damian [McKenzie] afterwards – yeah, he’s a bit of a freak and it’s awesome just to see him get an opportunity at this level and just to do his thing,” Milner-Skudder said.

Fifita is from Vava’u. He was selected for the Tonga Schools side tour of New Zealand.

His performance on the tour led to a rugby scholarship to Tamaki College.

Fifita made his debut with the all Blacks against Samoa in Auckland.

During the match he scored a try.

The  main points

  • He’s been called an assassin and a beast, but for Tongan loose forward Vaea Fifita’s team mates, these are words of praise.
  • Fifita has won praise for his performance during the All Blacks game against Argentina in Chicago.
  • He scored a try with only 30 minutes left in the game, drawing praise for his 30 metre dash to the line.
  • The All Blacks won 39-22.

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  1. Kuo ui fakatenetene e foueti taka ʻa e ʻOlopelekí Vaea Fifita ko e ʻasēsini pe tangata ʻokú ne fakapoongi ha kakai mahuʻingá ka ki hono ngaahi kaungāmeʻá, ko e ngaahi lea fakahikihiki pe ia.

    Naʻe fakavikivikiʻi ʻa Fifita ʻi heʻene vaʻinga lolotonga e fepaki ʻa e ʻOlopelekí mo e timi ʻa ʻĀsenitiná ʻi Sikakoú.

    Naʻá ne tataʻo ai toe pe ha miniti ʻe 30 pea ʻosi ʻa e keimí, ʻo fakahikihikiʻi ai ia heʻene foʻi lele mita ʻe 30 ki he laine tataʻó.

    Naʻe ikuna ʻa e ʻOlopelekí 39 – 22.

    Kuo hanga ai ʻe he faiako ʻa e timí Steve Hansen ʻo fakahingoa fakatenetene ʻa e tangatá ni ko ha ʻasēsini ʻoku ʻikai toe lea.

    Ne ʻuluaki vaʻinga ʻa Fifita maʻa e Hurricanes ʻi heʻenau fuofua ikuna ʻo e Super Rugby.

    Kuo fakamatalaʻi ia ʻe hono kaungā vaʻinga ʻi he Hurricanes ko Milner-Skudder ko e “manu fekai moʻoni”.

    Ko e haʻu ʻa Fifitá mei Vavaʻu pea naʻe fiki ia he timi ʻa e ngaahi ako ʻa Tongá ne nau ʻahia ʻa Nuʻu Sila.

    Ne hoko ʻene vaʻinga he tua ko ʻení ke maʻu ai haʻane sikolasipi ʻi he Kolisi Tamaki.

    Ne ʻuluaki vaʻinga ʻa Fifita maʻa e ʻOlopelekí ʻi heʻena fepaki mo Haʻamoa ʻi ʻAokalaní ʻa ia naʻá ne tataʻo.

    ʻI he ngaahi fakamatala kehe kau kia Fifita ne fakahoa ai ia ʻe he fai lipooti sipoti ʻa e New Zealand Herald kia Sione Lauaki ne fika 8 ʻi he ʻOlopelekí ka kuó ne mamaʻo atú.

    Pehē heʻene fakamatala ka ʻoku makehe ʻa Fifitá ko e fakaofo ʻa hono natulaʻi sipoti ʻatelitá. ʻOku hangē ia ha hoosi kaivao ʻoku talua he pamipasí (pampas). Taimi ʻoku ava ai ki ʻolunga ʻa e hiki hono tuí heʻene lelé pea ʻoku tākoto hono ngaahi hoataú hangé ha tākoto ʻa ha mohuku lau loloá.

    Naʻe fāʻeleʻi ʻa Fifita ʻi Vavaʻu pea ko hono taʻu 25 ʻeni. Naʻá ne ako he Kolisi Tongá mo e Kolisi Tamakí ʻi Nuʻu Sila.