In yesterdays Wellington-Waikato match we got to see Umaga playing over
half the match at centre. But afterwards all the talk was not about his
performance at centre (he largely became invisible there, apart from the
fact that the Wgtn midfield defence was noticeably more brittle without
Ieremia) but about Brad Fleming's performance replacing him on the wing.
His sensational match-turning solo try was very reminiscent of the tries
that announced the arrival of Christian Cullen in the '96 S12.
Significantly, it was Cullen who elected to run that ball when anyone
else would have marked it, but he still left Fleming with 90 metres to
run and 14 men to beat.
A question for EA Rugby 2001 players - can you have Brad Fleming
playing on the wing for the ABs, or will it be out of date next year?