Bundy league's smiling assasin
RUGBY UNION: Do not be fooled — this golden smile is quickly wiped away when he steps over the white line.
Basilica Vaihu is the Alloway Ascot Falcons late-season pick up that could well propel them to NewsMail Spring Cup glory.
Vaihu has his family name embossed in gold on his front teeth — a flashy gesture, but one backed up by his on-field performance.
Known as Dave by his team mates to avoid confusion, the Auckland weapon has a rugby union background, but has plied his trade at Queensland Cup side Wynnum Manly since arriving in the country two years ago.
Standing at 170cm tall, the pocket rocket can bench 150kg and is a brick wall in defence.
“I love it when people run straight at me; I hit them even harder,” the inside centre said.
“I think I’ve already got a bit of a reputation in town (after playing for the Falcons for the last fortnight), but I love it if they hate me — it spurs me on.”
Falcons coach Nathan Freeman hopes his latest recruit will prove the difference tonight against the East Coast Buccaneers.
“He’s slotted in really well with the boys. He’s solid, fast and has a union brain,” Freeman said.
“Some of the lines he runs can’t be taught.”
Freeman’s side, a composite of union and league players from BRL and NDRL, can book a spot in the final if they get the better of the Buccs tonight.