Ki­wis into the Hamil­ton dirt

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in­cluded, the in­spi­ra­tional fig­ure got the spines tin­gling be­fore a ball was even kicked.

Hav­ing avoided do­ing any me­dia dur­ing the week, it then didn’t take long for Tau­malolo’s footy to do the talk­ing ei­ther, a strong hitup in the open­ing set paving the way for a mas­sive dis­play – with the sea of red in the stands roar­ing when­ever the big man touched the ball.

There was an early com­ing to­gether with Ki­wis cap­tain Adam Blair, who had been par­tic­u­larly scathing of the de­fec­tion, as Tonga were awarded a penalty on New Zealand’s line and Tau­malolo got up with a nod and a few choice words.

Tak­ing the open­ing hitup af­ter that re­sult­ing penalty goal, Tau­malolo then ab­so­lutely smashed into Jared Waerea- Har­g­reaves, then it was a 16th minute run which par­tic­u­larly stood out, as four Ki­wis tack­lers wrapped them­selves around the hulk­ing frame, yet still couldn’t bring him to the turf, the tree trunks pump­ing out me­tre af­ter me­tre.

There was also some nice ballplay­ing in mid­field thrown in for good mea­sure, be­fore Tau­malolo got a spell af­ter 29 min­utes when the Ki­wis scored their sec­ond try. He im­me­di­ately re­ceived in­struc­tions from the side­line staff – not that he needed any, by that stage lead­ing the team me­tres with a whop­ping 73 from five runs, and hav­ing tossed in 13 tack­les.

Tau­malolo got back on in the 55th minute, sprinted on for work, im­me­di­ately took a hitup and the crowd were roar­ing for him once more.

It was as if his re­turn sparked his troops, be­cause back-to-back tries had them up by eight, be­fore Fusitu’a’s late sealer had him roar­ing with the rest of his boys.

Ja­son Tau­malolo leads the Sipi Tau.

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