General HE’S OUR JONAH.

2big2strong_old

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BY MATT LOGUE

hail Vatuvei: you can be our wingman anytime

WARRIORS man mountain Manu Vatuvei is being hailed the NRL's most explosive winger by team-mates, with the 20-year-old set to wreak havoc in the second half of the season.
Despite missing six of the Warriors' past eight matches with a hamstring injury, Vatuvei cut loose against the rookie Roosters at Aussie Stadium last Sunday.
The Kiwi-born flyer with Tongan heritage scored two tries and set up another in a dominating display that is sure to have New Zealand coach Brian McClennan salivating.
Tipping the scales at 109kg, Vatuvei is a modern-day wrecking ball Warriors officials have branded "Our Jonah Lomu".
Skipper Ruben Wiki is one bloke rapt to have his fellow Otahuhu junior back and in barnstorming form.
"We've really missed Manu's ability to terrorise the opposition," Wiki says. "He's a big man who runs like the wind and when he's
"Wingers love space and when Manu's got it he's unstoppable. Getting the four points deducted hasn't helped our finals cause but with a bloke like Manu back and firing, I'm confident we'll make a late charge."
Warriors sports science co-ordinator Dayne Norton rates Vatuvei among the best young athletes he has worked with.
"Once Manu gets going I don't even think a runaway freight train would stop him," Norton beams. "He's one of the best athletes I've ever seen ... big, strong and quick with the ability to move laterally.
"In my opinion he's up there with the strength of Lomu and the elusive speed of (All Blacks winger) Doug Howlett."
Front-rower Evarn Tuimavave is also full of praise for his team-mate who started playing league at the age of eight after scouts noticed him at an athletics carnival.
"Manu's the mean part of our team," Tuimavave says. "When he's on fire he just goes to town and, let's be honest, I wouldn't get in his way. I think you just shut your eyes and hope for the best – or run in the opposite direction!â€Â
 

sebastian_old

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Yeah i read it & its true when hes on, wooooshhka!! He could be one of the best wingers, he just needs time.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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2black2strong said:
"Manu's the mean part of our team," Tuimavave says. "When he's on fire he just goes to town and, let's be honest, I wouldn't get in his way. I think you just shut your eyes and hope for the best – or run in the opposite direction!â€Â

ROFL!! Classic comment that one
 

commonsense_old

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yeh he is awesome. the great thing is he continues to improve.

one thing i would like to see from manu is some hardcore aggression. he has shown glimpses of aggression in the past but i would like to see every run and every hit done with fire.
 

Samoan Souljah_old

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This Is a fair call .. he should grow to be one of the best and the best thing is he knows hes got to improve to be the best so its good .. one thing i would love to see from him is big hits like Meli in that sense .. if he pulled off hits more often i would make him my favourite player lol ..
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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Needs more time to develop. It's great that so many other people believe in him, but I don't think he realises himself just how devastating he can be. Once he gets that belief in himself he's going to be unstoppable.
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Manu is a tank lol. He is over 100kg and llok out how fast he can run. I wouldnt wana tackle him!!!!!!!!
 

warriors4life_old

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And he has only just entered his twenties, if he can stay fit and improve he will be one of the best, if not the best, Warriors/Kiwis winger ever.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Warrior_Hot_Stepper said:
hope he stays out of injury

Mm yeah, that's probably his big downfall for now. Once he gets that sorted thou...opposition wingers look out!
 

JonB_old

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he isn't and will never be what Jonah was.

But he will be great, if things go his way in a different way to the phenomenome that was/is Jonah Lomu.
 

2big2strong_old

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yeah tru that Jonb, Jonah was a once in a lifetime player and i'm sad we only got to see a glimpse of it. i watch him play for cardiff now and he's not a quarter the player he was, but i watch his DVD and remember the glory days.
 

2big2strong_old

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lol, speaking of jonah i saw this banner someone had and cracked up....

Ai48photobucketcom albums f238 Tauhapa untitled93hj
 

2big2strong_old

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lol, i don't even know who that skinny little dude is, obviously before my time, and congrats to me on 500 posts yay! lol
 

Jesbass_old

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I recognise him, but can't for the life of me think who he is. He was a really good winger, too. Can anyone inform us as to his identity? I'll kick myself when I find out, lol...
 

warriors4life_old

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Yeah, I've seen him somewhere like in a rugby book, I just can't remember who it is.
 

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