JEREMY PROOME picks five wingers who you should keep an eye on in Super Rugby.
Raymond Rhule had a great 2013 Super Rugby season with the Cheetahs following his call-up to the Springbok squad for the 2012 end-of-year tour. While he didn’t get the chance to play in the green and gold, it definitely inspired him, because he has only gotten better since then, and the Ghanaian-born winger will certainly put in some great performances in 2014 after showing how well he links up with the likes of Willie le Roux, Hennie Daniller or whoever else slots into the back three.
Sampie Mastriet is another sevens star who has been included in a 2014 Super Rugby squad and the Bulls flyer showed that he has grown defensively and in attack with his efforts in the recent World Series tournaments. He did have brief experience in the 2013 Super Rugby season, and he seemed to turn every touch of the ball into something. Come 2014, Mastriet should get more of a chance and his incredible acceleration and side-step will likely catch some hesitant defenders unaware.
Lanky sevens speedster Cornal Hendricks is set to make his Super Rugby debut with the Cheetahs after opting to put his sevens career on hold. Hendriks has a natural athletic ability, an explosive side-step and a clever playmaking brain in his favour. Hendricks will be an exciting runner to watch and the prospect of him joining up with the rest of the talented Cheetahs backline is an exciting thought.
The Golden Lions’ speedster managed to score some great length-of-the-field tries with ease in the Currie Cup, and a fantastic effort against Samoa in June. Volmink will undoubtedly bring that explosive pace to the Lions in Super Rugby, and if they maintain the free-flowing ethos in the franchise, he will surely be racking up a tally on the try-scorers list.
Cheslin Kolbe is the name on everyone’s lips at the moment. After winning the Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens Cup final with the Blitzboks and having some strong performances for Western Province, the 20-year-old speedy stepper is now a fan favourite. He will likely find himself in the Stormers Super Rugby squad, playing alongside Gio Aplon, Jean de Jongh and Springbok captain Jean de Villiers. While his size may be questioned, his talent is not, so expect to see some fireworks when this exciting player gets the ball in his hands.
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