Friday, May 18, 2012

Alafoti Faosiliva's huge hit, charge, and try against Fiji in London

Sevens star Alafoti Faosiliva has been included in the Samoan training squad for the upcoming Pacific Nations Cup, as well as their once off game against Scotland. In the London Sevens final the big man made a huge tackle, and later scored a powerful try.

If you've watched any of the IRB Sevens World Series in the last year or so the name, and thighs, of Faosiliva should be quite familiar to you. He's been one of Samoa's top try scorers on the circuit, and is the proverbial human wrecking ball.

Built like a tank and with the speed of a back, you don't want to get in his way.

Unfortunately for some of the Fijians in London, they did, and they were smashed. Fiji won the final but two moments stood out from Faosiliva, namely a huge tackle in the second half, and later the try which gave Nigel Starmer Smith a new catchphrase in 'Boom. Crash. Try'.

Faosiliva has been selected in the Samoan fifteens squad as a loose forward, so will be one to watch in the Pacific Nations Cup, which kicks off on 5 June when Samoa play Tonga.

There were a few controversial non-selections in the squad, with Rugby World Cup 2011 captain, and Chiefs hooker, Mahonri Schwalger being overlooked, as well as outspoken midfielder, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu. Schwalger openly criticised the behaviour of the Samoan management at the World Cup, and Fuimaono-Sapolu is viewed as unmanagable by new coach Stephen Betham.

Also worth watching, Seven of the Best tries from the London Sevens

Manu Samoa training squad:
James Sooialo, Lolo Lui Moataa, David Lemi, Ken Pisi, Paul Perez, Paul Williams, Fautua Otto, Isaia Tuifua, Faatoina Autagavaia, George Pisi, Male Sau, Ki Anufe, Tusi Pisi, Patrick Faapale, Kahn Fotualii, Jeremy Su'a, Nalu Tuigamala, Ofisa Treviranus, Chris Lowrey, Richard Muagututia, Maurie Faasavalu, Afa Aiono, Taiasina Tuifua, Alafoti Faosiliva, Kane Thompson , Maselino Paulino, Joe Tekori, Census Johnston, Logovii Mulipola, Sakaria Taulafo, James Johnston, Tuu Paulo, Ole Avei, Steve Fuala, Patrick Leafa.

Posted by Rugbydump at 5:10 pm | View Comments (22)

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Fettsack May 18, 2012 7:28 pm

Sevens is incredibly hard physically, I think it's very impressive to see a few really big guys fit enough to compete in this sort of tournament.

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BuzzKillington May 18, 2012 10:36 pm

Fijian tackler should receive at the very least a 2 week suspension. Absolutely no attempt to wrap.

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Full Back May 18, 2012 11:41 pm

Sarcasm maybe? In any case it's not fair to say he made no attempt, his left arm was outstretched at shoulder height, he just bounced off as quick as he opened his arms

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Spud May 19, 2012 12:20 am

I really hope that's sarcasm... It's ideas like that which are killing rugby, tackling hard is a basic part of the game. It used to be the case that he would be praised for a tackle like that, now he's criticised. Quite sad really

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greateight May 21, 2012 3:28 am

really bro, you should try tackling a samoan at high speed........HEAD ON!
your hands will have no time to wrap, cause you will be on round. Guaranteed bro

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stroudos May 19, 2012 9:30 am

Jesus wept. I can't believe you two have gone for bait quite that large and conspicuous.

I'm sure I've seen both your usernames on here loads before - you can't have avoided seeing Buzz on here, usually moaning about soft tackling.

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Nicebutdim May 19, 2012 11:07 am

Why do you think he's being sarcastic? It was a shoulder hit and he didn't attempt to wrap.

It was dangerous play that is detrimental to the spirit of the game and the safety of the players.

If you don't like this then don't blame me, give the IRB a call and ask them why they have this blanket rule............

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stroudos May 19, 2012 3:43 pm

***Troll alert***
(Nicebutdim, that is)

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jiji May 18, 2012 10:47 pm

Yeah! but they still got their asses handed to them! lol

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stroudos May 19, 2012 9:33 am

This bloke appears all over the London Sevens highlights -

He was smashing people all over the place. Phenomenal player and a veritable monster.

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Lol May 19, 2012 11:18 am

^could you sound any more pretensious?

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stroudos May 19, 2012 3:48 pm

The word "veritable" is lamentably underused old chap.

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Pretzel May 20, 2012 12:38 am

Those with an enhanced vocabulary are the first to be singled out. What you should have said is: "f'ckin 'ard player"... That way you'd fit right in..

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cheyanqui May 20, 2012 3:39 am

if Lol wants everyone to write in words of three syllables or less, I'm sure there is a rugby league website he can go to.

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hendry May 20, 2012 4:38 am

damm u guys saw how faosiliva was hit!!!!........he felt it,,,yeahp he jst felt it!!!!lol

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Stefan May 20, 2012 10:21 am


Loved seeing this guy on every 7s highlight reel this season. Really hope Samoa can get some groundbreaking wins in the next set of international matches. It's about time the balance of power was readdressed (although it still looks to sit heavily in the southern hemisphere...)!

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Lol May 20, 2012 11:52 am

Nice! dangled the bait and caught 3!

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stroudos May 20, 2012 8:56 pm

Well done. One to tell the grandchildren.

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thamesrowingclub May 20, 2012 8:20 pm

Samoans just got it. Their population is less than 200,000. They really put their stamp on world sports.

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Harden-up May 30, 2012 4:07 am

Commentators make it sound as if the fijian player got bulldozed!! He blardy made the Samoan dude sit on his arse, something 7s players find hard to do, to this big Samoan.

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