Ume Fosita has already inspired Doncaster Knights to break their Greene King IPA Championship winless streak, but teammate Ross Davies insists the best is yet to come from the Tongan superstar.
Fosita made his Doncaster debut against Worcester Warriors at full-back a fortnight ago before leading the Knights to a 29-16 win over Yorkshire Carnegie from fly-half last weekend.
That victory followed nine consecutive league losses for the Knights as a promising start to life in the Championship quickly faded.
But with Fosita’s incisive running from the No. 10 position, they appear to be back on track and prop Davies believes the Tongan is an inspired addition to the squad.
“I don’t think I’ve ever played with a more laid-back player than Ume,” said Davies. “He comes into training and he’s almost horizontal!
“You can see how talented he is though. He was chucked straight in against Worcester and if it hadn’t been for him, it might have been a 50-point game because I think he saved about three tries.
“Then he came in last week and he absolutely ran the show from fly-half – he looks like he’s got so much time on the ball.
“He looks like he’s got all the time in the world to do whatever he wants and he’s deceptively quick.
“He doesn’t say anything in training but then he was barking at all the boys on the pitch. He will be a really good asset.”
Davies was part of the Doncaster squad that earned promotion back to the Greene King IPA Championship from National League One last season.
Although they currently sit 11th in the table, with only Plymouth Albion below them, the front-rower is confident his side can still pull away from relegation danger.
And the 31-year-old claims that the style of rugby played in the second tier suits him down to the ground.
“The Championship is a fairly set-piece orientated league – if you haven’t got a scrum, a line-out and a driving maul then you’re going to get found out,” added Davies
“Obviously, that suits me as a prop – it’s your bread and butter and what you get paid for.
“I do enjoy that side of it although I do like to play it loose as well but there aren’t too many games that allow you to do that.
“It’s all up your jumper stuff – scrum, line-out, driving maul and then if you have a good kicker, you will win games.”
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