- Published: 29 Apr 2019
With the Super Rugby season over halfway gone a number of youngsters in the South African teams have stepped up and shown that they are quite capable of competing at this level.
While they may not be quite ready for international honours they have shown that they could, in time, contest for higher honours.
Carlu Sadie (Lions)
The young tighthead prop, on loan from the Stormers, have been impressive in the scrums when competing against his more experienced opponents, some of them experienced internationals.
His allround game has also shown a marked improvement after arriving at the Lions with a bit of a reputation that his workrate isn’t what it should be, which was why the Stormers were prepared to let him go.
Herschel Jantjies (Stormers)
With a shortage of quality scrumhalves, not only at the Stormers but in South Africa, it is good to see a youngster making the step up.
While there are still some work-ons, as one can expect with any youngster, Jantjies has shown that he has a sharp eye for an opportunity and has been lively round the park.
Aphelele Fassi (Sharks)
Fassi is another youngster who has quickly made a name for himself, playing at fullback and wing.
Fast and with a good step, the 21 year old has established himself as a regular in the Sharks team already.
A number of other youngsters have had good showings at Super Rugby level while not establishing themselves as regulars yet.
Players like the Lions’ Wandisile Simelane, Tyrone Green and Gianni Lombard, the Sharks’ Phepsi Buthelesi, the Bulls’ Simphiwe Matanzima and the Stormers’ Juarno Augustus and Salmaan Moerat have all had some good outings for their teams so far