Savea's no Lomu... he's BETTER!

2015-10-21 12:41
Julian Savea (Gallo Images)

London - Julian Savea's exploits at this year's Rugby World Cup have understandably drawn comparisons to compatriot Jonah Lomu.

Savea, at 25 years of age and playing in his first World Cup, has scored eight tries to date in four matches with a guaranteed two matches to play.

Those eight tries tied Lomu for the most ever at a World Cup (1999) and are only seven fewer than Lomu managed in his World Cup career (in 11 matches).

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Tellingly, Savea, nicknamed 'The Bus', overtook Lomu on the All Blacks try scoring charts with his 38th try (in only 39 Tests) against France in their World Cup quarter-final at the Millennium Stadium last Sunday.

When Lomu hung up his boots in 2002 his Test resume read: Played 63 Tests, scored 37 tries.

Interesting, on only one occasion has Savea been on the losing end when getting his name on the scoresheet (against England at Twickenham in 2012).

Savea, the 1 111th All Black, scored a hat-trick on his debut against Ireland at Eden Park in 2012, becoming the first All Black to score three tries against Ireland in a Test and just the fourth New Zealander to score three tries on his debut.

Despite their respective feats, Savea and Lomu are "tied" in an unwanted category: Neither scored, or has scored, a try against the Springboks.

Will that change come 17:00 on Saturday at Twickenham... ?

Sport24 Editor Garrin Lambley is covering the 2015 Rugby World Cup live from London

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