Media: praise for Malakai Fekitoa despite All Blacks defeat

    The New Zealand Herald Sport has hailed Malakai Fekitoa, 22, as the best player in the All Blacks despite losing to Springboks Sunday 5.

    “The big winner in the All Blacks’ overseas stint of the Rugby Championship was Malakai Fekitoa,” writes Gregor Paul, a rugby writer for the Herald on Sunday.

    Fekitoa was again exceptional in the No12 shirt against the Boks and continues to surprise, Paul added.

    This was not the first time the paper praised Fekitoa for his outstanding performance.

    After All Blacks beat England 20-15 at Eden Park in June the Herald Sport said Fekitoa was “among the best” players to “beat a very good England team”.

    It described Fekitoa as “a player with immense promise” and he was “the most elegant of solutions for Conrad Smith’s back-up”.

    Fekitoa scored the first try for All Blacks on Saturday but how he managed to run down Cornal Hendricks after a kick was put over the top and the Boks winger poked it further ahead,  deserved the most praise.

    “I was going back to the fall as fast as I could and then I saw the green jersey go past me and I thought I was never going to get him,” says Fekitoa. “I was lucky and I was able to manage to grab the ball and got over the line. It was lucky,” he told Herald.

    “It was tough. The lungs were burning and I thought I wouldn’t make it to halftime. I was struggling a bit but I managed to get through it.”

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    1. Neongo naʻe foʻi ʻa e ʻOlopelekí he Sāpaté ʻi he Springboks ka kuo hanga ʻe he Ongoongo Sipoti ʻa e New Zealand Herald ʻo fakahikihikiʻi ʻa Malakai Fekitoa, 22, ko e tokotaha ia ne ne maʻu ʻa e vaʻinga lelei tahá.
      Naʻe pehē ʻe he faiongongo ʻakapulu ʻiunioni ʻa e Herald, Gregor Paul, ko e ikuna moʻoní ko Fekitoa lolotonga ʻene vaʻingaʻi e ngaahi faingamālie ne ala ʻoange ʻe he All Blacks maʻana lolotonga ʻenau tua atu ko ʻeni ki mulí.
      Naʻe toe pehē ʻe Paul naʻe toe makehe atu pe ʻa Fekitoa ʻi he falani fika 12 ʻi he fepaki ko ʻeni mo e Boks pea ʻoku hokohoko atu ai ʻene faifai meʻa fakaʻohovalé.
      ʻOku ʻikai ko hano toki vikiʻi ʻeni ʻe he nusipepa ko ʻení ʻa Fekitoa.
      Hili hono haha ʻe he All Backs ʻa ʻIngilaní ʻi Eden Park ʻaki e kai ko e 20 – 15 ʻi he māhina Suné ne fakamatalaʻi ai ʻe he Herald ʻa Malakai ʻo pehē ko ha taha vaʻinga ʻoku tanu ʻiate ia ha fuʻufuʻunga palōmesi pea ko ia ʻa e tokotaha totonu pe ke ne fetongi ʻa Conrad Smith.
      Naʻe fakahoko ʻe Fekitoa ʻa e fuofua tataʻo maʻa e ʻOlopelekí ʻi he Tokonakí ka ko ʻene lava ko ē o tuliʻi ʻa Cornal Hendricks hili ia haʻana taufetuli ki ha foʻi pulu ne tuku hake ki ʻolunga ʻo iku maʻu ia ʻe Fekitoa, ʻa e foʻi lī ʻoku taau ke ʻoange maʻana ʻa e fakahikihiki taupotu tahá.
      Pehē ʻe Fekitoa ki he Herald naʻá ne pehē pe ʻe ʻikai ke ne maʻu e kapakau veʻe vave ko ʻeni ʻa e Boks ka ne monū pe ʻene feingá.

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