Solomon roars in to make his mark

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 November, 1999, 12:00am

MARK Solomon did his Jonah Lomu impersonation by scoring three tries in DeA's 32-9 victory against AMI Aberdeen in a First Division rugby union league encounter at Tai Hang Tung yesterday.

The big wing was in fine form with his blockbusting efforts, scattering the opposition all over the park as they vainly tried to stop him.

DeA finished with five tries - the other two being scored by captain Wiremu Maunsell and substitute winger Jonathan Ho - as they romped to an easy win against struggling Aberdeen.

Facing problems in the front row, Aberdeen came up with a makeshift one yesterday. Hooker Sean Moore and props Pat Donovan and Alistair Broach answered the call and hung on grimly for the duration of the match.

At least, they were competitive, giving their side some degree of solidity in the set pieces.

'It was a super performance from them. If one of them had got injured we would have been forced to ask for no-push scrums,' said Aberdeen captain Jarrad Gallagher.

According to Gallagher, the chances of Aberdeen receiving front row reinforcements from their normal source of players - the Beijing Agricultural University - was very slim.

If Solomon was doing his Lomu bit, then No 8 Gallagher also got into World Cup trend by dropping a goal just before half-time. From broken play, Gallagher coolly slotted over a 30-metre drop kick.

'It was my first drop kick in my career,' said Gallagher.

But even this personal landmark from the bustling forward and two more penalties from Chris Rodwell were not going to save Aberdeen yesterday.

'It is nice to win. But there is still a lot of fine tuning to be done,' said DeA's Maunsell.

Alvin Sallay