Now two games into the season proper we were curious to see how the big man is traveling with his new teammates.
Goannas Media caught up with Kapi this week and sat him down at our clubhouse Hobgoblins Roppongi for another round of Q&A to see if we can get him to open up to us once more. He happily obliged.
Reporter: Thank you for your time again Kapi, how's everything going?
R: Why's that?
K: Your player Jason Fan ask me to meet him here but he has caught the wrong train. I have a busy schedule.
R: Sorry to hear that Kapi. Talking about players how have you gotten along with your new teammates?
K: Very good. There is a new Goanna called Mitch (Stace). I like him. He has strange paintings on his legs, arms, and chest. I must ask him to introduce me to his tribe.
R: I don't think he is in a tribe, and those paintings are tattoos.
K: Did he become outcast from his tribe? It must be painful experience that is why he always gives a war-cry to the umpires.
R: You should ask him yourself Kapi. Anyway, how have you picked up the skills? Who has been helping you?
K: Maybe I am now 3rd best player in the team. Best player is the one they call Muzz (Chris Murray). He is a backman and he is like a brick wall. I tried to go home after the game but he would not let me pass him. Also, I tried to eat my Lu Sipi but he punched it out of my hands.
Other best player is Dan Last. He is like a Tongan land messenger because he has running talent. Also, he has magical kicking powers. When he kicks the ball it is very unpredictable and can go in amazing angles.
R: I heard you have been getting some personal skills advice from Palmy as well (Steve Palmer). How is that going?
K: Yes he is a good player and a nice man. He has been teaching me his special ball drop technique. I am still waiting for the ball to hit my feet.
R: Is there any part of the game you have been struggling with?
K: Kapi does not struggle.
R: Well, how about the running? You mentioned you didn't like running last time. Have you been able to run out games?
K: The coach and President Onigiridello (Sam Ghiradello) said I do not need to run if I can get to the right spots. The ball will come to me.
R: How is that working out for you?
K: It would be good if they kick it to me. Onigiridello says I am unlucky because I have been burned by them not honoring my standing leads.
R: Sorry to hear that. Who in particular has been dishonoring you?
K: Michito the mini-Rambo.
R: Michito Sasaki? How is that? He is not even on our team so he cannot pass you the ball.
K: He was umpire and I beckoned him over with my index finger. I wanted to show him my respect because like I said my people in Tonga love Rambo. But he told me he is not Rambo.
R: Obviously he isn't literally Rambo...
K: I was shocked to learn this. It is like when I found out Yoooj (Yuji Yamamoto) was Japanese. I thought Adonis was Malaysian.
R: OK despite these unsettling revelations are you enjoying the game? Have you met Jarrod Woodward the man you wanted to introduce to your sister?
K: Yes I have met the Jezz. He wore Banana Republic to the game and had the bag by Stussy. I was not able to speak to him because he was also wearing pants by True Religion. In Tonga that brand is not acceptable because it is blasphemous. This news will disappoint my sister.
R: I'll pass him the unfortunate news. So round 3 is in 2 weeks at the home of football, YCAC. You must be excited.
K: Yes I hope the man they call Leon Neon (Leon Appleby) will be there with his camera. I just washed my red Goanna shorts and they shrunk two sizes. It will be a nice chance for him to take some nice pictures of me and Yooooj. I taught him new poses.
R: Good luck Kapi, and we look forward to seeing those pictures. Also looking forward to hearing from you again later in the year.
K: Thank you. As captain Dan Last says, "Go Bananas"!
R: I think you mean Go `Annas!
K: Maybe. I do not know what he says.