The Deaf Rugby Team: Part 2

The Deaf Rugby Team: Part 2

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They’re the Northern Marlins,
a team on a mission to win the National Deaf Rugby shield.
With 14 years of Rugby under his belt, Opeti’s the wise one. David’s
the tri-scorer. Sailusi’s a bit of a bulldozer. Then there’s
Talia, a 2-meter-tall powerhouse. Last week, Talia gorged himself
on lamb chops. But with a bodybuilding competition looming,
his training regime and diet needs to change. This is Pak & Save, our other home.
We come here just about every day: Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. We always
come here. We should actually just live here. We should sleep over. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, -Sunday. All the time!
-And this is why we have no money, because we’re
always at Pak & Save. Sailusi wants to move out
of home and become independent, but he needs money first.
He’s been job-hunting for months, but no luck. Because it’s very hard for him to find a job
because he’s deaf. This problem’s very hard, but he really wants to work. He does spend a lot of
money on food, eh? How much one week? Over two hundred dollars. Maybe 300 or more. That’s very bad.
You should pay the pow-wow. Talia hopes to middle at
the national bodybuilding champs, but he’s been stuffing his face
with lamb chops and he’s packed on the pounds. His trainer Surjit
is not impressed. This is where he’s going to
carry most of it, as we know. Talia’s got 2 months to get ripped. It’s his chops, that’s what’s happening. -It’s her fault.
-[laughter] You ate it! No, it’s Meli! She’s in charge. And his competition’s in April, so
we got to start really going hard now. He’s been eating and sticking to
the plan that I’ve given him. Sailusi’s dream job is catching
and documenting insects. But maybe he needs to widen
his options. Scott, his mentor, is suggesting Sailusi apply for
work at a lighting factory. [There’s a job trial at Hunza Lighting
Where Opeti works. See you there.] One of the guys in Sailusi’s
rugby team works there. Opeti is the boss of this division. Talia’s partner Meli is always
trying to save money, but everything Talia eats is consumed by the
mega-load. His seven heads of broccoli will be gone tonight. He needs to eat broccoli,
kumara, bananas, more Māori stuff, especially one kind. He likes kina. Sailusi’s willing to broaden
his career options but he still needs an employer to give him a chance. Hey, what’s up? Hey, how’s it going? So you lay them like that, So actually overlapping? Yep, that’s right. You place them
in here and then join them. This our gym, or sorry, Talia’s
gym, not my gym. This is his mirror. -Should raise this a bit higher.
-He loves the mirrors. I train for about 45 minutes.
That’s about it. Forty-five minutes, he’s
going to train. Not too long. I don’t go for 2 hours. If I did,
I’d be too sore to work. I take it easy. Now remember to put the sleeve on.
Put a plastic sleeve over the wires. Oh. Good. Alright, we’ll see you tomorrow
at training, eh? – Cheers, bro. See you there. Fingers crossed, maybe
Hanza Lighting will have a job. There’s no vacancy at the
lighting factory. Sailusi’s hopeful something will come up. If he can’t find a job in Auckland, he’ll move to Australia, but his
mum wants to keep her boy at home. I’m a grown man now. While I was
growing up, mom helped me a lot, and yeah, so I stayed at home
for a while. Then I thought I’d try and go flatting for some difference,
which I did for about a month, and then mum asked me to
move back home with her, so I agreed to move back home. I’ve been here
since. I’m looking to move out, but I need to save some money first.
I may even move to Australia. Having got to know the guys
through his work, Scott’s wound up coaching them. He’s called them
to a training camp to make sure they’re all clear on the rules. Deaf rugby is the same as
rugby. The same rules apply. It’s the same globally. The difference
with the guys that are deaf that are playing the game, they just
need to be aware, first they need to understand the referee, the signs
they use when there’s a breakdown or an
infringement in the game. So here’s the advantage line. It’s very
important that you stay behind it at all times. So the point of this exercise is that
we blow over the player on the ground, so that we continue
to advance over the advantage line. Being deaf, they can’t hear
the whistle necessarily, or hear a referee who’s speaking, so that the critical
thing there is that they understand the rules, that they understand
the gestures that the referee makes. Normally, if there is an infringement,
we encourage them to carry on until someone stops them. Okay, everyone will have
a turn at this exercise. If there’s a breakdown in play
at all, what they generally do is as the players become aware
that the referee needs play to stop, they’ll just tap each other and even
the opposition, just give them a tap to let them know
that play has stopped. Our goal is to win the tournament.
We’ve only won it twice since its inception, so every year you’ve got to be
confident they can do it, and if the guys are confident enough,
they’ll go there and they’ll do their best. We don’t know, of course, Central
and Southern, what players they have available, and Eastern, they’re
very, very strong, normally, as well. So we’re doing our best to
ensure that we take the shield away, but we’ll just need to wait and see. David’s wife is going out for the day. Mum’s off to work. Dad’s in charge of keeping
little Jayden entertained. I have to go to work now.
I’ll come back and see you later. Bye. Bye, mommy. It’s Opeti’s 40th. Sailusi’s
come over to help prepare for the birthday bash. Come on. Go down the slide. Two-year old Jayden has full hearing. -Sit on the top.
-He’s only just starting to talk, but he’s already bilingual. One, two…what happened?
Down you go. One, two…Do you want to get off?
This way or that way? David’s been teaching Jayden
sign language from day one. Okay, one, two, three, go. Go! Go. What’s happened? Opeti, mate. Come over here. Okay. What are they for? These are flowers that I’m
giving to you for your birthday. – You look lovely
– No truely, what are they for? -You wear them on your birthday.
-Birthday? How old do you think I am? -Forty. Forty? You’re wrong; I’m 25. -Doubt it. Look at those grays.
-No, mate, it’s just the sun. ♪[surf guitar music]♪ The one there needs more water. Opeti’s wife has dished out
the orders to get on with the cooking. He quietly fancies himself
as the master chef. So, potatoes. So you peel
the potatoes, dice them, with peas, mint, spring onion, just one,
that’s all you’ll need, with one of those small onions and salad dressing,
and about 5 eggs, diced. Throw them all in, and voila!
A Māori island delicacy. That’s right, eh, Sailusi? A sort of Māori
Pacific island version? Yep. You okay there, Sai? One particular day I run across
Talia. He approached me for a job as a laborer and we employed
him, and from there it’s just gone from strength to strength.
Came from Tonga not speaking a word of English, couldn’t do any
sign language, and what sign language he knew didn’t correlate with
New Zealand sign language, so he had to start again and learn
English and New Zealand sign language, and again, he also had to learn stopping
and painting and the ability to becoming a carpenter. So I
just read his lips and he reads mine, and then we use a little bit of
sign language, and a lot of pointing, and it does work. How much more paint do you need to paint the pool? -One more tin?
-I’ve used three so far, so… -Two?
-So three more. -Three more. Okay. Yep. Hey, I was only helping. There was
a fly on your hair, and that’s why I threw the cloth. Oh, now look. Well, can you make like King Kong
and climb up and get it? Come on, you’re from Samoa. -Here you go, sir.
-Thank you, Sailusi. I love you. Come here.
Give me a kiss. Talia was just a schoolboy when he
met a huge Tongan bodybuilder. Stars flashed before his eyes and
he decided he too would become one. So how’s this? Does it need any more? It’s good. It’s really good. What does it taste like? It tastes good. Great flavor.
It certainly has enough dressing. Go ahead. Try it yourself. Go on.
It’s perfect, right? I think it’s enough dressing. I think it’s got
enough. So you agree it’s perfect? No, I don’t agree with you. It does
need more. Your taste buds are five out of ten. What? You’re joking. [laughter]
More dressing? I can’t believe it. I think it needs more flavor than you. No way. Now, you try it now. See? I see, I can tell by the
expression you agree with me. I was right. Any comments? So… -Two out of 10.
-Two out of 10? Cheeky guy. My kitchen rules. Yeah, mine’s better than his.
I’d win. I’d get 9 out of 10. Sailusi would only get 5 out of 10. Oh, come on. How would you beat me? Well, because I have a
photographic memory for food. No way. Okay, so look at this herb.
What’s this called? -What do you mean?
-What’s the name of this herb? What’s the name of it is what I mean. I have no idea. See, I’d win. That, my friend, is basil. Actually, it’s coriander. My wife Nicola is
going to love this salad. Talia’s a month into training.
He needs to be 100kg of lean muscle. Has he done enough? Personal
trainer Surjit is the judge of that. It’s pretty hard on him.
His abs doing okay? That’s actually
way better. It’s amazing. The changing to the new diet,
I wasn’t so sure about it at first. The menu’s quite boring. I reckon I can take down
this slope. Down where? That’s a
skate park just over there. -Sorry, I forgot the spoon.
-That’s alright. It’s fine. He eats about 8 times a day,
like breakfast at 7, 10, morning tea, 12, lunch, 2, afternoon, then about 4
before training, then he has dinner. Hey, you’ll have your own, and I’ll
eat mine first. Hey, I’m just kidding. I love you. Come, sit down. Hey, look. Look at this. You should have
pulled this out during the cooking. Opeti’s wife Nicola has come
home. She’s anxious to find out what’s going on in the kitchen. Hasn’t made too many potato
salads, see what it’s going to be, what should I put in this? Sorry.
He eats a lot of potato salad. Hello. We did all that outside. -I prepared Kartel’s room.
-You’re not finished. -Did you buy the [inaudible]?
-And I made a salad. See? Mmm, I saw. Good work. Excuse me,
but what’s all this in here? -I don’t know.
-Have you gone food shopping? Well I got the loo paper and the
toiletries and the peas, but I think that’s all. Okay, so it’s time to go have
a drink with the boys, make like Sailusi. He needs no excuse to show off his
muscles. Talia’s Tongan dance troupe is performing at Pasifika. He
can’t hear the music, so he takes his cue from the others. [shouts, handclaps] Yeah, and make sure I stand directly
behind one of the other guys and copy their time. He just watches the man that’s in front of him. And when I turn to either side,
I do the same thing. They change direction, he just copies. ♪[music, shouts, hand claps]♪ This is for you, but the present’s for me. Well, the envelope’s got my name on it. Yeah, that’s from Kartel. Dear Superman, you make me
happy every day. Thank you for being you. Have a wonderful
birthday with your friends. I think you’re awesome and you’ll be
in my heart forever. Love, Nicky. Happy 40th birthday and
have a wonderful day. [laughter] [laughter] Okay, open it. Yeah. [laughter] Hi. Hi. -What are you doing?
-Careful. Leave it. Keep getting ready to kick it over again. Are you going to kick it? Yay! ♪[shouts, hand claps, folk music]♪ – Hey, you.
– Yeah, long time. I just hide my beer in a Gatorade bottle. You could even put it in a water bottle
if the alcohol was separate. As long as you remember
to take the right bottle. I just wanted to, before we
have dinner tonight, thank you all for coming along to Opeti’s 40th
birthday. Thank you Sailusi so much for all your help today helping
Peti set up. I think Opeti probably wouldn’t say much, but he’s
really stoked that so many people have come today. He’ll be really
happy about this for a really long time. Thank you to my teammates,
Daniel, Ryan, Amber, and their two boys. Really happy you could make it.
Forty years old. Enjoy! ♪[shouts, hand claps, folk music]♪ Next week, pitching a tent is
a challenge for any couple, but how do you manage if you sign? I made sure that when we
brought one, that we brought one that was kind of easy and not those
big hard tents that are from the “we’re getting a divorce” range of tents. Showtime for Talia. He takes to
the stage for the bodybuilding nationals, and the Marlins meet
their match at the National Deaf Rugby Tournament. So there’s an empty spot there.
I’d really like to see the Northern Marlins’ name on there. [shouts]

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