Tuesday 20 March 2018 / 01:56 AM


In 21 games this season the 2015 Prime Minister’s XIII representative averages 134 metres, and has made 16 line breaks and scored 14 tries.

But perhaps the biggest weapon in Nofoaluma’s arsenal is his physical strength on the ball and ability to break tackles, an area he leads the entire competition in at an average of six per game.

Opposite number David Fusitu’a said Nofoaluma’s tendency to impact a game meant he would require plenty of defensive attention come Sunday afternoon.

“I haven’t watched him too much but he seems to pop up on their highlight reel [often],” Fusitu’a said.

“But he is definitely a damaging ball runner and we need to make sure our defence is up to shutting him down this week.

“I’m not sure if he has played too much at fullback but we will see what happens with him I guess.”

After enduring a forgettable night under the high ball in last week’s 40-10 loss to Panthers, Jordan Rankin shifts from fullback to the wing for the trip to Auckland.

Aside from Nofoaluma, veteran Warriors’ standoff Thomas Leuluai said he expected the Tigers’ young halves pairing of Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses to throw plenty of questions at the Kiwi side.

“I haven’t watched them too closely, I have seen a lot of them this week, but they are good players…they have been playing some good football of late,” Leuluai said of the pair.

“I don’t know their structures so I don’t know what they work for, but they are very instinctive players and you give them an opportunity and they are going to take it.

“I think they have shown they are pretty confident to back themselves, which is great to see.”

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