Tuqiri targets Ndungane

Wallaby winger Lote Tuqiri has warned Akona Ndungane to expect a fiery baptism to Test rugby in Brisbane on Saturday.

Ndungane makes his Springbok debut in his side’s first Vodacom Tri-Nations match, and will play opposite one of the most lethal attacking weapons in the game.

When Tuqiri last took on a winger making his debut, England’s Tom Varndell in June, he had a shocker. This time, he plans to teach the new kid on the block a rugby lesson.

“I tell you what. I won’t be giving him much room like I gave Tom Varndell,” Tuqiri told Cape Argus writer Dale Granger. “I’ll certainly be pumped up. Ndungane had a pretty good Super 14 in the Bulls side, but it’s his first time on the big stage, so hopefully we can test him. He looks like a guy with a bit of skill who can chip and chase and he might have a bit of courage.”

Varndell memorably beat Tuqiri for pace in Sydney, but the Wallaby doesn’t expect Ndungane to do something similar on Saturday.

“Defence is something I do pretty well and that [the Varndell embarrassment] is something I never want to happen again. I’ll be imposing myself physically [on Ndungane]. I’ll be in his face and we’ll see what he has from there.”