Super Rugby
Alofa Alofa to throw body on the line
July 28, 2014
The Waratahs' Alofa Alofa breaks away to score a try, New South Wales Waratahs v Brumbies, Super Rugby, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, July 26, 2014
Alofa Alofa will be at a size and weight disadvantage on Saturday night © Getty Images

Departing New South Wales Waratahs winger Alofa Alofa has declared he'll throw his much smaller body on the line to stop rampaging Crusaders powerhouse Nemani Nadolo in Saturday's Super Rugby final.

Former Waratahs winger Nadolo, who moved to Queensland from Fiji when he was a baby, has emerged as yet another strike weapon for the perennially powerful Crusaders. The Australian under-20 and Fijian Test representative's tally of 11 tries leaves him just one behind competition leader, Waratahs fullback Israel Folau.

If the teams line up for the final as they were listed for their respective semi-finals, the job of marking Nadolo will fall to Alofa. At 1.94 metres and 125 kilograms, Nadolo is almost 10 centimetres taller and more than 30kg heavier than Alofa, though the Waratahs speedster joked the differential may be closer to 50.

"I'm going to throw my body on the line and put it in for the team, if I do get picked this week," said Alofa, who will join French club La Rochelle after completing his Waratahs commitments. Asked what the key was to felling the giant, Alofa said "close your eyes and just aim for his legs".

Nadolo's success has come as no surprise to Waratahs No.8 Wycliff Palu, who said the winger was a close friend, who he stayed in touch with via 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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