Alofa relishing chance to face Crusader Nadolo

Outgoing Waratahs winger Alofa Alofa says that he will put his body on the line to try and stop Crusaders winger Nemani Nadolo in Saturday’s Super Rugby final.

Former Waratahs winger Nadolo moved to Queensland from his country of birth Fiji when he was a baby and this year he has become one of the Crusaders best finishers.

Nadolo is now second on the top try scoring list behind Waratahs fullback Israel Folau who leads the list with 12 tries to date.

The Fijian born winger played for Australia at under 20 level and has now started playing Test rugby for Fiji.

Alofa is hoping that he can retain his place in the Waratahs team for this week’s Super Rugby final which will give him the job of marking the 10 centimetres taller and more than 30 kilograms heavier Nadolo.

“I’m going to throw my body on the line and put it in for the team, if I do get picked this week,” Alofa told AAP.

Alofa who will join French club La Rochelle after the Super Rugby final says that the plan to stop Nadolo is simple as you just need to, “close your eyes and just aim for his legs.”

Nadolo’s transformation has been no surprise for Waratahs Waratahs No.8 Wycliff Palu who has remained close friends with the winger and said that they remain in touch with through social media.

“I think he probably was unlucky to not get an opportunity here and he’s been going really good,” Palu said.

“When he left here, he’d had a really good pre-season with us and I think he scored four of five tries in one of the trial games, so it doesn’t surprise me what he can do.”

“I think it’s just about getting an opportunity and really taking it.”

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