The Cape Town Sevens is upon us this weekend, and as the highly-anticipated South African showpiece of the Sevens World Series readies to kick-off, MenStuff takes a look at five players who are sure to light up the field over the next few days.
Seabelo Senatla (South Africa)
Seabelo Senatla tore apart defences throughout the Dubai leg of the World Series, scoring some pretty impressive tries. Senatla’s speed is his strongest asset, however he is adding great support play and game-reading to his skill-set. The young South African is sure to turn up the heat in Cape Town this weekend.
Tom Mitchell (England)
The England captain was absolutely spectacular in Dubai, helping to propel his team into the Cup final. Mitchell has a deceptive turn of pace, quick feet, and a clever-rugby brain that will be pivotal to England’s chances in Cape Town.
Pio Tuwai (Fiji)
Pio Tuwai is big, fast, and skillful, and while he may be a little slower than his Fijian teammates, he is the real dangerman in the squad. For his incredible size, Tuwai has a devastating sidestep and offloading ability, able to put his supporting players through some colossal gaps. Tuwai showed what he was capable of when he scored an absolute cracker against New Zealand in Dubai.
Gillies Kaka (New Zealand)
Kaka didn’t have the best tournament in Dubai, but this man should not be underestimated in Cape Town. Kaka has the footwork and playmaking ability to open up any side, and has improved his defensive game dramatically, acting as the side’s sweeper and chasing down many speedsters in recent tournaments.
Perry Baker (USA)
The USA already have the fastest rugby player in the world with Carlin Isles, but his teammate PErry Baker may give him a run for his money. The lankey speedster has some blistering pace and showed it by burning through teams last weekend in Dubai. Baker has had the odd handling error, but his decision-making is definitely on the rise, showing a good grasp of the game and settling on the right calls, whether it be to take contact, or have a go on the outside. Blink, and you’ll miss this speedy star.