Tuesday 20 February 2018 / 03:04 AM


Turns out Dane Coles is not the only No.2 in New Zealand rugby with more than line-out throwing skills and hooking ability in their kitbag.

A pair of hookers scored unforgettable long-range solo tries on the domestic scene over the weekend.

Asafo Aumua even diverted some of the attention away from the All Blacks’ record-breaking demolition of South Africa the night before with a stunning 60-metre try in Wellington’s 60-14 thumping of previously unbeaten Canterbury in the Mitre 10 Cup on Sunday.

The 20-year-old showed pace, swerve and a fend that rugby’s best wingers would be proud to call their own.

Aumua’s tryscoring form won’t come as a surprise to those who have followed his progress as a junior star – he scored a headline-grabbing hat-trick in the New Zealand Under-20s’ World Cup final drubbing of England in June.

Meanwhile, a couple of tiers down in the Heartland Championship, burly Thames Valley hooker Hayden Wisnewski plucked an intercept on halfway and streaked away for a career-highlight five-pointer in the Swamp Foxes’ 26-7 win over Buller

The 25-year-old, from Waihou Rugby Club, boasts six tries in just 13 games at provincial level over the past two seasons.

Not to be outdone, Coles produced some wonderful support play to back up Rieko Ioane and deliver the final pass for Brodie Retallick to finish off an 80-metre try against the Springboks, while reserve hooker Codie Taylor bagged the last try of the 57-0 rout after the fulltime siren.

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