Matt Faessler has been exceptional at No.2 for the Reds earlier this afternoon where he collected back-to-back tries along the way. He’s got such great throw-in skills as always before orchestrating the driving maul well going forward. Plus, he boasts so much physicality to not only protect the Reds ball opportunities, but also the pace & power that saw Matt speed his way into the TRY area. He credits the attacking communication & patience needed to get the job done today v Moana. And after his 2nd TRY in the 2nd half, he gets an early mark too with the Reds well secure towards a crucial win.
Next up is Suli Vunivalu over on the wide right at No.14 for the Reds and he too showed some attacking magic in his own end. Love how he runs through the channels with pace as long as Suli has backup there including that intercept TRY where the Reds extended their lead ahead of half-time. You never know what to expect and when/where to mark Suli every time he has the ball on hand, especially when he gained a bit of Wallaby experience v England late last year. He hopes to now get his Reds team & supporters on-side in the hope of winning more games during the back half of 2023.
And No.6 Miracle Fai’ilagi has been making such waves for Moana Pasifika in front of their spiritual base earlier today on the blindside back row. He connected well with the backline along the way through some inside balls before Miracle also scored back-to-back tries. How good was that to showcase his talents for his country (Samoa), having gone through the sevens ranks before Moana gave him a chance to prove himself over in the XVs & SR level. With such a tall build as well as a great age (age 23) & physicality, there’s more to come over the months & years to come. It would’ve been great with a win but then Moana couldn’t catch up later on where the Reds were too good in the end.