We dissect the performance of the players that lifted the Rabbitohs to become champions of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership. Today, we look at veteran winger Lote Tuqiri.
When it comes to experience, few players can rival that of evergreen winger Tuqiri. After a slow start to his career in the red and green, the flying Fijian found his feet, cementing a spot on the Rabbitohs right flank, producing some magic moments in the process.
The dual-international produced one of the tries of the year – and possibly the try of the finals – when he soared above Manly’s Jorge Taufua in week one to take an Adam Reynolds cross-field bomb to score out wide, helping to propel the side to a preliminary finals berth.
In his 16 appearances with the Rabbitohs, Tuqiri crossed for seven four-pointers, averaged 90.2 metres with the ball in hand, broke 83 tackles and broke defensive lines on 14 occassions.