Without a win in over 2-years, Southland looked like breaking their winless run by storming out to a 26-7 lead at halftime only for a Turbo-charged comeback to break their hearts. Laumape scored two long-range tries as Manawatu returned 24-unanswered points.
The blockbusting midfielder turned to social media to flex on Southland after the big win, posting ‘not on my watch’ to Instagram.
After missing out on Steve Hansen’s World Cup squad, Laumape has taken a heads-down approach to his rugby. It took a week for Laumpae to break his silence following his omission, posting the quote “While they sit around and criticise I’m gna let my actions speak for me” to his social media.
19 – Ngani Laumape (@ManawatuTurbos) scored two tries, gained 102 metres from 19 carries, recorded 15 defenders beaten & made five offloads in this evening's @Mitre10Cup #SOUvMAN encounter; it was his most carries, defenders beaten & offloads in a #Mitre10Cup match. Redemption. pic.twitter.com/DbL3BOeJO0
— OptaJason (@OptaJason) September 14, 2019
His game against Southland certainly did that, with a personal best at Mitre 10 level in a number of stat categories. His performance didn’t go unnoticed on Twitter, with many still baffled he isn’t in Japan with the World Cup squad.
That’s rough for Southland. They were so much better than Manawatu that first half. Laumape was the difference. He should be in Japan
— Ryan Hasler (@Eagleeyedkiwi) September 14, 2019
If Sonny Bill Williams is watching this mitre 10 cup game in Japan, he knows he's a lucky man. Ngani Laumape is taking the piss to great effect. Ball in hand the man is awesome. Don't get injured Sonny, this kid is waiting for his ticket. # ?????
— Wayne Ford (@KingOfDaFatboys) September 14, 2019
Laumape plays well and scores tries no matter who he plays for. Probably the best player not picked for the World Cup this year. Also probably the only player looking forward to Crotty leaving NZ rugby ? #SOUvMAN
— Ben (@WotTheDeuce) September 14, 2019
— Max (@TheRugbyMax) September 14, 2019
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