High­landers Coach Says, Na­holo Skills Phe­nom­e­nal

Helped the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons to a 34-26 vic­tory over the Cru­saders last week­end

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His skill-set is just phe­nom­e­nal. He can punt it as good as our first fives, his pass­ing skills are as good as our in­side backs and then his abil­ity to dom­i­nate guys in con­tact or beat them on the out­side makes him one of the most dan­ger­ous play­ers in the world.

Tony Brown

High­landers as­sis­tant coach

High­landers coach Tony Brown was full of praise for All Black winger Waisake Na­holo af­ter an­other good per­for­mance on the wing.

Af­ter be­ing out of ac­tion for two months due to in­jury, Na­holo is cer­tainly cre­at­ing a big headache for the na­tional team se­lec­tors with two block­bust­ing per­for­mances down the wing in the space of two weeks. Na­holo fol­lowed up last week­end’s two try tally with an­other two tries last Fri­day as he helped the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons to a 34-26 vic­tory over the Cru­saders. High­landers as­sis­tant coach Tony Brown told Stuff that Na­holo pos­sesses a va­ri­ety of skills which makes him into a com­plete player: “His skill-set is just phe­nom­e­nal. “He can punt it as good as our first fives, his pass­ing skills are as good as our in­side backs, and then his abil­ity to dom­i­nate guys in con­tact or beat them on the out­side makes him one of the most dan­ger­ous play­ers in the world.” Brown added that Na­holo should be start­ing more of­ten for the All Blacks with per­for­mances like th­ese. “Waisake gives them some­one who can go out there and light it up,” he added.

“I’ll be very sur­prised if he’s not start­ing the first test against Wales.” The dates and venues for the 2016 Stein­lager Se­ries next month are June 11 - Eden Park, Auck­land; June 18- West­pac Sta­dium, Welling­ton, June 25 - Forsyth Barr Sta­dium, Dunedin.

Waisake Na­holo cel­e­brate af­ter scor­ing against the Cru­saders last week.

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