Haimona a hit on Italy debut

Date published: November 11 2014

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Italy head coach Jacques Brunel was pleased with the performance of converted Kiwi fly-half Kelly Haimona in the over Samoa.

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel was pleased with the performance of converted Kiwi fly-half Kelly Haimona in the over Samoa.

The Azzurri brought a 12-month losing streak to an end with their 24-13 victory in Ascoli, having failed to win since defeating Fiji last November.

Haimona justified his selection by kicking 14 points in the victory as Italy got the month off to the perfect start.

The 28-year-old has risen through the ranks in Italian rugby having appeared briefly for Bay of Plenty in the past.

“Personally, I’m very satisfied with Haimona,” Brunel told AFP.

“Two years ago he was playing in Piacenza, now he’s playing with Zebre and the national team.

“He helped us turn the game around and took a lot of individual initiatives. He set up (Sergio) Parisse’s try with a textbook move that is not so easy to execute.”

“Haimona is also important for the squad because of similarities with Orquera.

“It will give us more choice and possibilities in the fly-half role and that is fundamental for our future chances.”

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