New re­cruits make in­stant im­pact as Dubai Hur­ri­canes score four tries against DSC Ea­gles

The National - News - - SPORT - PAUL RADLEY

Ger­ard Faito­toa made a star­tling im­pact on his de­but in UAE rugby, run­ning in a 40-me­tre try min­utes into his first ap­pear­ance for Dubai Hur­ri­canes. The prop for­ward is one of two new re­cruits the Dubai club se­cured from the Su­per Rugby fran­chise of the same name.

After be­ing in­tro­duced as a sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute, the young front-row for­ward broke through sev­eral tack­les as he ran in his try from the 10-me­tre line.

Faito­toa’s ef­fort was the pick of the four Hur­ri­canes scored in their 28-12 win over Dubai Sports City Ea­gles at The Sev­ens. Nick Pass, Dave Knight and Joe Reilly scored the oth­ers, while Tom Price and Sean Carey touched down for the away side. “This club has been really wel­com­ing, and footy is footy wher­ever you go around the world, it is like a brother­hood,” Faito­toa said.

“It was good to get the try, but I was suck­ing in the big ones af­ter­wards.

“In my younger days, with a lit­tle bit less weight on me [he scored tries of sim­i­lar stan­dard] but it was all down to the boys in front of me, wear­ing the other team down.”

Mike Wern­ham, the Hur­ri­canes coach, said he was not shocked by his new front-row for­ward’s turn of pace. “Last week­end, we had our elite academy train­ing on the op­po­site pitch,” Wern­ham said.

“There is a boy in our Un­der 19 who is ar­guably the quick­est player out here at U19 level. Ger­ard, bare-foot, was toe to toe with him chas­ing him down.

“He didn’t catch him, but he wasn’t far off. Ger­ard came back and said, ‘Next time, I’ll wear boots and I’ve got him.”

Sam Tufuga, Faito­toa’s col­league who has also made the trip from New Zealand to spend a sea­son in Dubai, started at tight-head. Hur­ri­canes are sweat­ing on his fit­ness after he in­jured his right an­kle in the sec­ond half.

Mike Wern­ham saw his Dubai Hur­ri­canes win eas­ier

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