6 JULY 2019 | WRN | 08:00
“Can Fekitoa Fireworks Spark Wasps Back To Life?”
Weighing 99kg & 6ft 1 inches tall, Wasps latest sprinkling of star dust comes in the form of World Cup winning All-Black, Malakai Fekitoa. Similar in stature to former Wasp Charles Piutau, Wasps’ DoR Dai Young will be hoping that he can have a similar impact in black & gold to his New Zealand Rugby compatriot.
Defending 27 year old Fekitoa, the equivalent of having a loose forward with electrifying pace & a lethal step at your disposal, you’re likely to either be out paced, side stepped or ran over! As for trying to get past the Tongan born centre, Wasps fans will hope to see more of the massive hits he dished out for the Barbarians against England when we got a glimpse of him at Twickenham over the summer.
There is some debate over where Dai Young will start Fekitoa, but he told The Rugby Paper: “I’ve signed to play at 13…”, but with his huge physicality, I’d like to see him start at 12 for Wasps. This would force opposition teams to double up against him, opening up the space outside for the likes of De Jongh (13), the exciting signing of Italian international Minozzi (15) & the fit & in form again Watson (14). Young also has the option of deploying Fekitoa on the wing where he played for Toulon after returning from injury.
Fekitoa has been the topic of much talk among Kiwi pundits after admitting to having “huge anger problems”, but if he can strike up a similar partnership again with Sopoaga who he won the Super Rugby title with for the Highlanders in 2015, then forget the star dust, Dai Young may have just found the gunpowder to spark Wasps attack back into life & I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see it ignite & go bang!
Written for WRN by @torro_waspsfans
Watch Fekitoa in action below!