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.
Rosko Specman (South Africa)
Despite South Africa falling short last weekend in Dubai, their talisman Rosko Specman had an absolute cracker of a tournament – looking at his brilliant-best with ball in-hand. The Blitzbokke will look to Specman to deliver those X-factor moments this weekend in Cape Town if they’re to stun the quality opposition at hand, and thankfully, he has the skills to do so.
Dan Norton (England)
England’s dangerous strike-weapon looked back to his very-best in Dubai, scoring his 300th try and hitting a personal and World Series milestone. The 30-year-old continues to make himself an absolute nuisance for most teams that England came up against, and will be looking to take things another step further in Cape Town.
Jerry Tuwai (Fiji)
Jerry Tuwai must have some of the best footwork in the business, often making an absolute mockery of defenders. However, he is also the unsung hero of the team, often being a pivotal link in the islanders attack and defence.
Terry Bouhraoua (France)
France didn’t achieve as much as they should’ve in Dubai, but it doesn’t detract from the dangers the Frenchmen and their leader Terry Bouhraoua pose. The pint-sized general has incredible speed, great footwork, and a clever rugby brain, and while he may not be finishing most tries, he’s almost always the architect behind any attacking move.
Perry Baker (USA)
It’s hard to put together any ‘players to watch’ list without throwing Perry Baker’s name into the hat. USA’s lankey speedster has some blistering pace and showed it by burning through teams last weekend in Dubai. Baker has grown in leaps and bounds in recent seasons, and has become way more than just a finisher for the Americans. Blink, and you’ll miss this speedy star.