Don’t mess with Mo

Mose Masoe will be a formidable force for Saints next season, according to Lance Hohaia.
Mose Masoe will be a formidable force for Saints next season, according to Lance Hohaia.
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LANCE Hohaia has told Saints fans to expect fireworks when new signing Mose Masoe is unleashed on the club’s Super League rivals next season.

The New Zealand international played against his fellow Kiwi in the NRL and believes the 6ft 4ins, 19-stone human wrecking ball will prove a big hit in St Helens.

“Masoe is a big unit, that’s for sure. I’ve played against him a few times and he’s a big, tough guy who is hard to handle,” Hohaia told the St Helens Reporter.

“When he’s got the ball in his hands he hits pretty hard so I’m sure he’ll be a really good addition to the team. He plays with a lot of aggression too and I’m sure the fans will enjoy watching him play.”

Masoe signed on the dotted line last week and will join up with his new side at the end of the season.

The 24-year-old has already played more than 50 games in the NRL - including 46 for the Sydney Roosters between 2010 and 2012, for whom he scored eight tries.

This season he has played eight times for the Penrith Panthers.

With Aussie prop Josh Perry, who is out injured for the season, out of contract at the end of the year, Masoe has been drafted in to beef up the front row.

Fellow prop Tony Puletua has also been heavily linked with a move to Salford at the end of the season, meaning coach Nathan Brown could possess one of the heaviest front rows in Super League history should he pair Masoe and fellow man-mountain Alex Walmsley, who himself tips the scales at a mere 18 stone.

Hohaia, who joined Saints from the New Zealand Warriors in 2010, also gave the thumbs-up to Masoe’s current and future teammate Luke Walsh, who is also set to join Saints at the end of the year.

“Luke Walsh has been a class player in the NRL for a number of years now and we’ve been missing a general to play in the halves in our team,” said Hohaia, who can play in the halves, at hooker or at full back. “He will definitely bring a bit more steel to our game and has a good kicking game too.”

Hohaia, who has endured a frustrating time in and out of the Saints side this season, also paid tribute to club captain Paul Wellens for reaching the 450-game mark.

“It’s a phenomenal number,” he said.

“It’s true that rugby league teams play more often in England - to reach that number is basically unheard of where I’m from.

“But to still be playing 80 minutes each week is a pretty hefty feat. Hopefully he’s a got a good year or two left in him too.”