A remarkable six-try haul to Wellington Orcas winger Bureta Faraimo overshadowed an embarrassingly one-sided NPC match at Porirua Park.
The 20-year-old Wainuiomata player was the benefactor of a completely dominant display by the Orcas, who thrashed Northern Swords (Northland) 74-0 yesterday.
Faraimo, blessed with both power and pace, has now scored 12 tries in three NPC games after crossing for hat-tricks against Waicoa Bays and Auckland.
Some tries were easy, some were not and Faraimo wore a big smile to go with his big afro yesterday.
"It's the most tries I've ever scored, so thanks to my inside men for always giving me the ball," Faraimo said.
"Some were pretty easy but I had to work for some of the other ones. Teamwork."
Faraimo played rugby at Porirua College but switched to league after leaving school.
He was selected for the New Zealand Residents side last season but has ambitions to play professionally.
"I'm trying to aim high and see where I go from there. I had a trial earlier this year with the Warriors under-20s but didn't make it. I played one trial game but came back home and that was about it."
The Orcas are top of the table with three wins from three starts and the NZRL may have to review the NPC participation of the Swords, who were also thumped 86-10 by Counties-Manukau last weekend.
It was a true representative team against a rag-tag outfit and some of the tries were so soft that the small group of spectators stopped applauding.
Fullback Johnny Teleaga scored a hat-trick and as usual Wellington's halfback Anton Wereta and hooker Hemi Kemp pulled the strings.
Next on the hitlist for Wellington is a trip to Palmerston North to play Heartland this weekend.
Wellington's age-group teams also had easy victories against the Swords, the under-15s winning 72-0 and the under-17s 52-10.
- The Dominion Post
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