Sept 8 (Reuters) – Mr Fixit, as All Blacks World Cup leader Piri Weepu is famous in his homeland, competence need putting behind together this week.
The maestro scrumhalf substituted New Zealand for English bar rugby with London Welsh in a close-season, and was looking brazen to his entrance for a promoted Premiership group opposite Exeter on Sunday, his 31st birthday.
But 80 mins and 7 Exeter tries after – Weepu could have been forgiven for feeling a lot comparison and not most wiser as his new team, who play their home games during a Kassam Stadium in Oxford, were thumped 52-0 there in a decaying start to a deteriorate for a new-look side.
Weepu, who warranted cult standing in New Zealand after he helped deliver a All Blacks’ 2011 World Cup-winning campaign, “looked good brief of best fitness”, a Guardian reported.
The BBC pronounced Weepu did a good pursuit of “controlling a dash from scrumhalf” early in a match, though a Telegraph combined that “even a knowledge and deception of a 71-times capped Weepu could make no impact in a side as defensively porous as Welsh were”.
Weepu’s coach, Justin Burnell, did not chop his words.
“It’s flattering straightforward,” he said. “We can go home and censor away, or smoke a chests out and put a grin behind on a faces.
“If you’re a veteran player, we have to make your tackles, make that final pass and reason on to a ball.”
Weepu has left his 3 children – daughters aged 3 and four, and a 20-month-old son – in New Zealand to take on a plea during London Welsh.
In truth, he told a BBC this weekend, he had no other picturesque personification options following a teenager cadence he suffered progressing this year. Subsequently, he had to bear medicine to correct a hole in his heart.
Doubtless a shock has authorised Weepu to say a viewpoint unblushing by vacillating fortunes on a field. On Sunday – father’s day in New Zealand – he tweeted: “Today we turn ONE (of many) of a richest group in a world. Not abounding in money, though abounding in umbrella adore … All we need is a adore of my kids.”
London Welsh were relegated after one deteriorate in a tip moody in 2012/13 carrying mislaid 17 of their 22 games and, sepite bringing in 25 new players this year, they already demeanour favourites for a repeat.
(Editing by Mitch Phillips)