Sun 19 Sep 2021 | 10:51

VIDEO: How Tupou stunned Springboks' defence

VIDEO: How Tupou stunned Springboks' defence
Sun 19 Sep 2021 | 10:51
VIDEO: How Tupou stunned Springboks' defence
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WATCH as Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou’s one-handed pass sent Springboks’ defence in disarray.

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The prop was integral during the Wallabies 30-17 win over the Springboks on Saturday.

The 135kg behemoth put in an enormous 78-minute shift, carrying the ball three times for 20 metres, beating four defenders and making one clean break with ball in hand, while he didn’t miss a tackle and picked up one turnover on defence.

Arguably his best piece of play, though, was his try assist midway through the first half when the Wallabies hit the Springboks on a break down the short side.

Tupou was in the thick of the action as the ball was shifted into his hands near the left-hand touchline with no Springbok player in front of him.

The 32-test international took advantage of the open space by using his renowned athleticism to scamper upfield, which brought him into a three-on-one situation with Springboks fullback Willie le Roux.

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With both Marika Koroibete and Feleti Kaitu’u outside of him, a simple draw and pass to his left would have sufficed to put the Wallabies in for their third try of the evening, but the way in which Tupou released Koroibete marvelled onlookers.

Eyeing up Le Roux, Tupou faked a fend as he hinted at going into contact with the South African, but then, without looking, lobbed the ball under his outstretched arm perfectly into the clutches of Koroibete, who easily strolled in for the first of his two tries.

Photo credit: Rugby Onslaught 

 

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