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Veitokani’s Round Two Rising Star

Known as ‘Freddy’, he has been in scintillating form in the opening two rounds of the NRC and after a star effort in the Drua’s win over Melbourne in the
13 Sep 2018 12:03
Veitokani’s Round Two Rising Star
Alivereti Veitokani

Known as ‘Freddy’, he has been in scintillating form in the opening two rounds of the NRC and after a star effort in the Drua’s win over Melbourne in the first game, the 25-year-old was again at the fore­front of the Drua’s 66-5 hammering of Brisbane City last Saturday.

The speedy No.10 had a hand in five of the Drua’s 10 tries; troubling City con­stantly with his line-breaking running game and brilliant, Fijian-grade pass­ing game.

Combined with the impressive Frank Lomani at halfback, Veitokani’s form has the Drua sitting atop the NRC lad­der after two rounds.

The headgeared playmaker leads the competition for metres run (264m in two games), and is in the top five for almost all the other key attacking stats as well – including clean breaks, car­ries and offloads.

For the second week running, after Western Force no.10 Andrew Deegan was the round one nominee, the qual­ity of Veitokani’s performance was made all the clearer by the fact City star Quade Cooper was his rival No.10.

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Veitokani qualifies for the NRC Ris­ing Star given he has not played more than three games for the Flying Fiji­ans. Australian players are eligible for the award if they have played three games or fewer in Super Rugby.

The NRC Rising Star award winner will be selected by a judging panel at the end of the 2018 NRC season.

NRC RISING STAR NOMINEES

Round One: Andrew Deegan (Western Force)

Round Two: Alivereti Veitokani (Fi­jian Drua).

NRC



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