Reece ‘buzzing’ Af­ter De­but

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Sevu Reece was happy with his All Blacks de­but against Ar­gentina on Sun­day. Debu­tants Reece, Luke Ja­cob­son and Bray­don En­nor nearly got off to an in­aus­pi­cious start to their test ca­reers but af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle the trio re­vealed their first taste of All Blacks rugby had merely whet­ted their ap­petites.

“It was re­ally spe­cial to of­fi­cially be­come an All Black now,” Reece said. “I’m still buzzing now.

“It was dif­fer­ent to what I was ex­pect­ing, it was a lot faster.” Reece emerged on the pos­i­tive side of the ledger af­ter some bright mo­ments, par­tic­u­larly when he ran off Aaron Smith’s shoul­der in the first half to make a big break up the mid­dle.

There was one mo­ment of doubt on de­fence in the sec­ond half but the pow­er­ful Cru­saders wing said af­ter­wards that com­mu­ni­ca­tion was a strug­gle in front of the vo­cal home crowd in Buenos Aires.

“It got tough out there a lit­tle but with the mas­sive crowd,” he said. “You can’t even hear your own team­mate talk­ing to you.

“It was crazy. I couldn’t even hear the calls, the strikes we were going to run, even with my team­mate next to me.

“I still strug­gle to find words to describe how I’m feel­ing.

“All my fam­ily is back in Fiji but ev­ery­one is awake. Thanks for all the sup­port.” Chiefs loose for­ward Ja­cob­son was also thrilled with his 20-odd min­utes on the field when the All Blacks were un­der the pump. “To be hon­est I haven’t been able to let it set­tle in just yet,” Ja­cob­son said.

“I’ve been block­ing out the emo­tions this week just to get out there and do what I nor­mally do.

“She was tight out there. It’s al­ways a bit of weird feel­ing when it’s tight with the ABs. Cru­saders out­side back En­nor echoed those thoughts af­ter re­plac­ing Jordie Bar­rett on the left wing in the clos­ing stages.

En­nor gave a glimpse of what he could do with ball in hand and said he rel­ished be­ing thrown into the pres­sure cooker.

“It’s pretty awe­some,” En­nor said. “I feel privileged and lucky and proud all at the same time.

The young­sters, plus fel­low debu­tant Atu Moli, now face a nervous wait to see if they will be in­volved against the Spring­boks in Welling­ton on Satur­day, when the se­nior Cru­saders play­ers who missed the Ar­gentina test will come back and give the All Blacks a dif­fer­ent look. The re­turn of cap­tain Kieran Read could push Ja­cob­son out of the match-day 23 but there is no doubt the tal­ented 22-year-old has a big ca­reer ahead of him.

Photo: Rugby Heaven

Sevu Reece on at­tack against Ar­gentina in Buenos Aires on July 21, 2019 .

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