HALF-BACK Quentin Laulu-Togagae is proving to be the Sheffield Eagles’ wild card but coach Mark Aston doesn’t want him to over-play his hand.
The Samoan international has gone on a scoring spree with 11 tries in eight games in his first season in the British game.
Laulu-Togagae, at touching 5ft 8in, is one of the smallest players in the team but his lightning bursts are carrying him through opponents’ defensive line.
“The one thing you need in half-backs is for them to attack the line and Quentin is definitely doing that – in fact he does it a little bit too much for my liking,” said Aston.
“As a half-back he needs to be giving the ball and putting the ball in the right areas and then occasionally going direct - then defences will struggle with him because he’s got great pace.”
Aston needs Laulu-Togagae - nicknamed ‘Q’ - to keep his scoring run going when the Eagles travel to Widnes Vikings on Sunday. A fourth straight win will keep the Eagles on track for a top-three place in the Championship.
Laulu-Togage joined the Eagles at the start of the season from Australian club Souths Logan Magpies.
With the return of fellow Samoan international Misi Taulapapa, he switched from full-back to stand-off and the tries haven’t stopped coming.
Aston added: “Quentin has come in. Nobody knew how he would play and he’s a bit off the cuff but the lads are starting to read him.
“He reminds me of Rangi Chase (Castleford Tigers’ New Zealand half-back). Quentin’s style is off the cuff; he’s a player who will break defences down on his own and he’s only going to get better the more he plays in the team.
“Once we get him into the structures of the team and as he gets more comfortable in the team and starts making the right decisions he’s going to be a very powerful player to have in the half-backs.”