Rugby

Tuisova, A  No.8 Delight For Lyon

When Lyon was a forward down, Tuisova moved forward to No.8.
25 Feb 2021 13:56
Tuisova, A  No.8 Delight For Lyon
Flying Fijian and Lyon winger, Josua Tuisova. Photo: Lyon Rugby

Now it’s Josua Tuisova’s turn.

The blockbusting Fijian winger started at outside centre for Lyon in their 31-23 win over Toulouse in the French Top 14 competition last weekend.

When Lyon was a forward down, Tuisova moved forward to No.8.

Although this was only a temporary move, the former sevens star was able to put his pace to good use, exploding from the base of the scrum in the  Toulouse 22 and offloading to Toby Arnold to set up the second try of the match.

Lyon retook the lead with that try and went on to win the match so this was a pivotal intervention from Tuisova who started the match at outside centre.

According to Breakdown, at the age of 27, however, Tuisova still has plenty more to offer in the wider channels of the field and the pace he exhibited from the base of the scrum is a clear indication that he is still of greater value with a No11, 14 or 13 on his back.

Tuisova’s compatriots La Rochelle star Levani Botia and Montpellier’s Masivesi Dakuwaqa are other players who can shift between playing flanker, No.8 and centre in what could become a growing trend in the game.

 



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