Jone Nareki

Tryless Otago wing Jona Nareki puts team first as Northland await

Nareki, who is preparing to take on Northland in the first Mitre 10 semifinal against Northland on Friday, sliced through the Tasman defence last Saturday and was heading for a certain try underneath the sticks when he tossed the ball to Hammington.

Puzzled onlookers wondered if Nareki owed a debt to his Highlanders team-mate, but it appears the gesture was a selfless act from a maturing footballer who is starting to understand the bigger picture.

“It was pretty bad because it's part of my job description to score tries,” Nareki told Stuff.