It ain't working..... DAMN
Marseille won 63-18, but he didn't score a try:
To be fair i didn't expect him to score a try on his debut, but it's what everyone (including me) wants to know [/b]
Marseille : Lomu shines at number 8
Jonah Lomu featured as number 8 facing BÃ©ziers last Sunday. This test has been conclusive despite Marseille’s loss, and he will remain at this spot in the near future.
The former All-Black began in Marseille at the centre when they defeated Montmelian in November (63-18) even though he hardly touched the ball during the match. Then, he featured as a winger for the clash they lost against Carcassonne (23-10), with no more success. On Sunday, he took up a new challenge : to stand out at the spot of number 8. He started his career at this spot in New-Zealand, before moving to the wing in 1994.
Lomu played rather well against BÃ©ziers for more than one hour, although Marseille were defeated (23-18). The star has brought an asset to the MVR for the first time since his arrival in the club. "He didn’t score any try. However he really offered three tries to his team-mates. And he couldn’t avoid our defeat for he was forced out of the pitch fifteen minutes before full-time. We had actually several scrumming actions at five metres from our contenders’ in-goal. The outcome of the match would have been quite different if Lomu had played during the last fifteen minutes…" said President Claude Atcher.
Lomu is likely to remain at number 8 since he had fun to come closer the fighting zones and the individual challenge, so that he excelled thanks to his physical condition. Marseille have already got the invaluable help of Codjo and Ourabah. Lomu’s contribution to the group can’t be restricted to the wings or the changing room. The star has announced he intended to extend his deal for three seasons after he has confided his luck to have positive feelings at last.
Marseille can count on their number 8 from then on, to succeed in qualifying for the final stage. They will have first to win over Lavaur and Graulhet… before longing for a revenge facing BÃ©ziers.
No reason why Lomu wouldn't make a bad 8. Better than most proper 8's anyway. NZ did use a ploy that at 5m attacking scrums they put Lomu at 8 and they score. Remember him getting one against Italy at Huddersfeild in the 99 World Cup.
if he did go at 8, that speed ha has will just go to waste, although he does have immense power at 8