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 and being named in the tournament’s Dream Team. 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.
Dan Norton (England)
England’s dangerous strike-weapon looked back to his very-best in Dubai. Dan Norton showcased his spectacular turn-of-pace, making himself an absolute nuisance for most teams England came up against. The 28-year-old also scored nine tries in Dubai as England finished third, beating Wales 38-10 to win the bronze medal, and Norton 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. Tuwai showed what he was capable of when he scored an absolute cracker against Wales in Dubai.
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)
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.