Even Benji Marshall would have been proud of this one.
Former All Blacks and Hurricanes tighthead prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen has stunned the English Premiership with an “outrageous” no-look flick pass to set up a daring try for Wasps’ fullback Rob Miller over the weekend.
Just over seven minutes into the second half with Wasps trailing Gloucester 17-7, Toomaga-Allen found himself in the midfield with space in front of him.
Listed as 125kg on the Wasps website, the hulking six-foot four prop put his foot down as if he had the number 13 on his back, rather than the three.
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If Wasps fans got a surprise with the speed Toomaga-Allen showed in his 30-metre dash, they would have been in complete shock when he calmly dished off a no-look flick pass – reminiscent of Marshall’s NRL grand final winning pass to Pat Richards in 2005 – for Miller to run in untouched.
One Wasps’ fans described the “outrageous” pass as “a thing of absolute beauty” as another joked he thought the club must have signed cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams.
BT Sport captioned a video of Toomaga-Allen’s try set up play with: “They build them differently in New Zealand.”
Toomaga-Allen played his one test in Japan in 2013 and then had two matches against the Barbarians and French XV on the 2017 end of year tour.
He signed for Wasps after 101 matches for the Hurricanes.
Miller’s try brought Wasps back into the game, but they eventually went down to Gloucester 20-19.
Toomaga-Allen’s former Hurricanes teammates Brad Shields (captain) and Jimmy Gopperth were also in the Wasps side, as was former Highlanders’ midfielder Malakai Fekitoa – who made his return from injury at centre.
Lima Sopoaga again missed selection for the fifth consecutive game with Jacob Umaga – the son of former Samoan test player Mike Umaga – preferred in the No. 10 jersey for Wasps.