Mark Fine of the Milwaukee Barbarians scored five tries in Saturday’s 50-20 defeat of the Chicago Blaze. It was the outside center’s first game of the season due to work commitments.
“He’s our anchor on the outside area. We put him in position, but the great thing about Mark is he has an amazing first two steps,” said Barbarians coach Mike Loader.
“He can go through a tackle and then hiss lateral movement after he breaks the gainline is second to none. Of his five tries, the team may have put him in position for two of them. Three of them were all on his own making.”
Fine is a long-time Milwaukee Westside Harlequin, and he’s played there under Loader for six seasons. The Harlequins combined resources with Milwaukee RFC over the offseason to create the Barbarians.
“He is one of the guys who is a veteran playmaker for the team. He’s one of the experienced veteran guys that holds this new organization together,” Loader said.
Part of Fine’s brilliance is that he, pictured right, doesn’t much resemble Usain Bolt.
“He’s deceptively fast. The fortunate thing is some defenses underestimate him and they realize the mistake too late,” said Loader.
“What Mark’s really great at is once we get to the second or third phase is organizing a backfield around him. He’s my field general from my outside area.”