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Lima Sopoaga defends Sonny Bill Williams following controversy

By Peteso Cannon
Sopoaga comes to the defence of Sonny Bill Williams

Lima Sopoaga has leapt to the defence of fellow All Black Sonny Bill Williams after a recent Instagram photo stirred up considerable controversy online.

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Williams came under attack when he uploaded the below photo of himself and his wife Alana, with the couples eldest daughter Alana, driving around the streets of Rarotunga in their convertible car.

At a glance, it’s a seemingly quite innocuous shot of the Williams family until we see the lack of a child seat for daughter Alana.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BchFZjFFLFV/

The picture was ultimately swarmed upon by people who felt the need to comment disapprovingly.

It was at this point that Lima Sopoaga came to the defence of his teammate and the Williams family, posting the below tweet.

“This is Rarotunga. Way of life there. @SonnyBillWilliams ain’t doing nothing wrong,” stated Sopoaga.

The image clearly shows numerous road health and safety risks being violated, Sopoaga’s argument is that this sort of indiscretion is not a major issue in Rarotunga and just simply a way of life.

Both men are currently enjoying their offseason before Williams is set to link back up with the Blues and Sopoaga with the Highlander.

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Correct analysis of Perofeta’s bungling of the try opportunity Ben. Never ‘fixed’ Steward as he came across in defence and passed too early. Steward didn’t have to break his stride and simply moved on to pressure Telea. Never scanned the easier option of passing to the two supporting players on the inside. Beauden Barrett showed how it is done when he put Telea in for his try. Another point from the game is that the rush defence is hard to maintain as the number of phases increases. From scrums the defensive line only contains backs who all have roughly the same pace. Once forwards are involved, the defence has players with variable speeds often leading to a jagged line. It also tends to lose pace overall giving the attack more time and space. Beauden Barrett’s break to set up Telea’s try came because Baxter went in to tackle McKenzie and Steward went out to cover Telea. Barrett has a massive hole to run through, then commits Steward by passing as late as possible and Telea scores untouched. Another comment I would make is that Ben Earl is a good player and generally an excellent defender but he made three significant misses in the series, two of which led to All Black tries. Got stepped by Perofeta in Dunedin for Savea’s try, missed McKenzie in Auckland leading to what should have been a certain try being set up by Perofeta and was one of the tacklers who couldn’t stop Savea in the leadup to Telea’s first try. Perhaps he should contact Owen Farrell to pick up a few tips from ‘tackle school’.

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