Soyizwapi sizzles for Kings
IF THEY are good enough then they are old enough is a maxim rookies Southern Kings are putting to the test this season as they battle the odds in trying to make their mark in the Super 15.
Powerful 20-year-old Siviwe Soyizwapi has offered further proof to the rugby world that the Kings are a vibrant franchise whose rookie players are improving with every game.
After being thrown in at the deep end, the former Dale College schoolboy passed his first Super 15 test with flying colours when he starred in the Kings' heart-stopping 28-28 draw against the Brumbies.
With a vital match against the Rebels looming in Melbourne on Saturday, the Kings and their talented brigade of young guns are making a big impression on the international stage.
The former Border Bulldogs junior gave a polished display at fullback, which earned him high praise from head coach Matt Sexton.
"We had some late changes to things and Shakes (Soyizwapi) came on and played admirably," Sexton said. "He was fresh off the plane for us this week, so he hasn't had time to really find his feet. Despite that he played really well."
Sexton said Soyizwapi, along with Sergeal Petersen and Rynier Bernardo, who had all come through the Kings Academy, were true testaments to the local talent.
Soyizwapi joined the Kings on Sunday after Hadleigh Parkes broke his arm against the Hurricanes.
He originally sat on the bench but after Elric van Vuuren sprained his ankle during training, he moved up to start at fullback. This was after concerns around Demetri Catrakilis's knee during the warm-up saw him move to bench and George Whitehead switch to flyhalf.
Sexton was also full of praise for Wimpie van der Walt, whose performance earned him the "man of the match" award against the Brumbies.