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SA Rugby preparation matches expose SA new talent


SA Rugby’s preparation games have been not just been great to watch but has also brought some new talent on the park which is exciting to see.

All over social media people have been impressed and happy with the way the coaches and players has embraced this preparation games.

Most of them have been a spectacle to watch and the best reason for this we can think of is because there is no pressure on the players or coaches in these games.

It felt like the players and coaches was able to try different things and play a more natural game of rugga’s which suits the players more than game plans.

We always knew that in South Africa we have talented players with as much skills as any other nations but most of the time we tend to play a more conservative game to make playoffs and win trophies.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with it but as a nations we can and should embrace our natural talent and skills we have in our players as well.

There was a few players that stood out so far in theses games and one cannot wait for them to get more game time and develop  in the future.

Here is a few that caught our eyes.

Dylan Richardson

Some people do not like Richardson that much after the incident with Vermeulen last season but he is a quality player. There is a thin line in the aggression you want from a player but he is in a good team with great leaders and coaches which will mould this young man.

Playing mostly in the loosies these days for the Sharks Richardson is a good hooker as well. Some may say his line outs needs a bit of work on but John Smith was a Springbok captain and people were shouting at his line out throws.

He is a great carrier of the ball and good in defence but what is standing out for me is his work rate.

Ntuthuko Mchunu

Now this is a young man that is going to make a huge impact in SA Rugby.

A product from Glenwood High School, Mchunu has come through the Sharks ranks and had his first real taste last weekend against the Lions scoring a brilliant try.

Even Springbok and Sharks great Mtawarira was impress with the young man.

Beside the fact that he run like a back he is a good in the scrum and a strong little bugger.

He is one of the players we will definitely look out for this year.

Tiaan Swanepoel

The Lions Tiaan Swanepoel is a another great player that have shown that he has the talent to take it further.

The 24-year old has started his career at Matias and Western Province but did not play much for the union.

He normally play fullback but in this preparation matches the Lions have used him with great success at ten. He is a great in reading the game and have all the tools to be a great ten or fifteen.

Although he played in last years Super Rugby he only caught the eye really in the Currie Cup.

He has a massive boot and his defence has been strong all season  and he has been great on attack as well.

With Jantjies not getting any younger, Swanepoel is not just a great talent for the Lions in the future but can press for higher levels if he keeps developing as a player.

Vincent Tshituka

The Lions have a little gem here in Vincent Tshituka. Born in the DRC the 25-year old was educated at Northcliff High School and has been with the Lions since 2018 coming through the junior ranks.

The Lions have even given the young man a better package once they learned that Western Province was after his service.

He has all the skills what we want in a loose forward, carry well with the ball in hand, defence good and most impressive is the way he read the game and link on attack.

He has massive strength with ball in hand and is a player that really started to show his talent this last couple of months for the lions.

Zak Burger

Best move that this 22-year old young man could have made was to move from Griquas to the Bulls.

One of the most talented 9’s around and with the opportunity to play for the Bulls under Jake White and the eye of Springbok legend Fourie Du Preez, everyone will soon see what a talent he really is.

A product from Paarl Gimnasium, he stared his senior career with Griquas where he played 30 times for them between 2018 to 2020 before signing with the Bulls.

He was one of the stars for the 2018 Junior Springboks. He reads the game well and is deadly on attack. This is a player everyone should keep their eye on.

Tell us who caught your eye….


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