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|Fuifui Moimoi the family man|
|Topic Started: Apr 28 2012, 09:25 AM (201 Views)|
|stacey||Apr 28 2012, 09:25 AM Post #1|
By Daniel Lane - Fuifui Moimoi has shown a softer side but still wants to reverse the Eels' fortunes. One-month-old Fa Rocco Moimoi and his mother, Moana, have succeeded where massive packs of forwards have failed over the years - they've softened Parramatta's Tongan tornado, Fuifui Moimoi.
Moimoi is proud of his title as rugby league's most damaging runner, a wrecking ball of muscle who dents defensive lines, but he unashamedly revealed his gentler side before today's must-win match against Wests Tigers when he spoke of the effect his wife, Moana, and Fa had on him. ''I just got married and we have a beautiful boy,'' he said after his whirlwind 30,000km round trip to visit them in the US during the bye weekend. ''My wife [is from the US], she has a sister who lives here. We met through church and got married in Utah. Very happy. Fa is a beautiful boy. Good lungs.''
Moimoi, however, has not been able to escape the backlash of the Eels' nightmarish start to the season with one win from seven matches. He pointed to today as the game to turn the club's fortunes around by suggesting any teammate who needed motivation should look towards retirement-bound Nathan Hindmarsh.
''He's one of the players we look up to,'' Moimoi said. ''He's done so much for this club and it is up to us to do something for him. We think he wants that too.''
While Moimoi's contract expires at season's end, he said talking to Hindmarsh convinced him he wasn't ready to call it quits.
''I want to play next year,'' the 32-year-old said. ''My body tells me 100 per cent to keep playing. So I want to and will see what 'Mooks' [coach Stephen Kearney] thinks.
''Petero Civoniceva [is 36] and goes hard still for the Broncos.''
Moimoi expects to need his elixir of youth - a plastic bucket full of kava - after tangling with the Tigers.
''It relaxes my body and takes the pain away,'' he said. ''The adrenaline from a game stopped me from sleeping but the kava helps.''
Moimoi's outlook against a Wests Tigers pack spearheaded by Kangaroos prop Keith Galloway is the same as when he was a rookie in New Zealand's domestic competition.
''It doesn't matter who it is, they're all big and strong and [you] run into them,'' he said.
''I'm preparing differently to how I have over the last few years. I try to play the ball quickly, try to make an offload - which I am not doing at the moment - and try to lift the team when we're down like [Parramatta is] at the moment.''
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