Sunday 17 December 2017

Saili's Piutau warning

Ulster's Charles Piutau. Photo: Sportsfile
Ulster's Charles Piutau. Photo: Sportsfile

Francis Saili has clear advice to his Munster team-mates was this week - watch out for his old colleague Charles Piutau or they will pay a big price.

Ulster wing Piutau and Saili (26) lined up together for the Blues and All Blacks. This will be the first time they face each other in the red of Munster and the white of Ulster.

"I have only played against him once or twice, in club rugby back home," said Saili. "I know how dangerous he is. He sniffs out opportunities. We need to trust our defence systems, and we have been doing that the whole year."

The duo have had contrasting fortunes since their move north. Piutau has shone for Wasps and now Ulster, and is regarded as one of the hottest properties in world rugby.

Saili, on the other hand, has really struggled due to injury after a bright end to last season. He didn't make his first appearance this campaign until St Stephen's Day following shoulder surgery.

His two-year deal with the province runs out this summer but he is not yet ready to reveal where he will ply his trade next season.

"That is not on the horizon at the moment. Hopefully in the next couple of months something comes through for me," he said.

Irish Independent

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