Tupou adds extra skills to X- factor
THE Taniela Tupou who terrorised schoolboy rugby opponents never really went away, Reds coach Brad Thorn believes. He just got a lot better in every other department.
Jet-heeled prop Tupou showed he was ready to add to his one substitute appearance for the Wallabies with an eyecatching display for the Queensland Reds in their 38-34 loss to the Hurricanes in Wellington. Tupou powered over for one try and set up another for winger Jordan Petaia with a 30m burst and offload down the left flank.
The tight-head, who turned 22 last week, made his name as a social media sensation in Auckland five years ago when he ran through and around school defences with an athleticism that defied his bulk.
“He’s always had that — it was never a question of that,” Thorn said. “He’s a big lad.
“What, about 133kg — but there are big lads all around the world and they know how to tackle. You want to have a complete game.”