Samoan is the cat's whiskers

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 March, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 March, 1994, 12:00am

BEAUTY met the beast yesterday. And they struck it off immediately.

Alefaio Vaisuai, one of the purr-fect rugby players from Western Samoa, had met Bombalurina, a cat, one of many currently lurking around in Hong Kong with the musical CATS.

Lunch hour pedestrian traffic at Pacific Place came to a halt while the two posed in feline contentment.

Vaisuai, who was part of the Western Samoan side which humbled Fiji last year to win the Hong Kong Sevens, did not pussy-foot around as he quickly removed his shirt to show Bombalurina his warrior tatoos - almost as sleek as her coat.

''It took seven days for these tatoos to be etched on my body. Turtle shell chips and wild boar teeth were used as the tools,'' said Vaisuai. ''It was very painful.

''It had to be done as I'm the eldest son of the high chief in my village.'' The 28-year-old Vaisuai will be in the forefront as Western Samoa run out this weekend to defend their Cup title.

''Meow'', said Bombalurina in support.