Former Bok flyer: “Our wingers excite me”August 23, 2018
23 August 2018 12h35
BREYTON Paulse is one of the finest wings to have ever played for the Springboks. He played in 54 tests between 1999 and 2007 and scored 22 tries in the process – often delighting fans with his trademark flick-flack celebration after scoring.
The now 42-year-old, who hails from the Koue Bokkeveld, has since his retirement become a respected rugby pundit for SuperSport and is seen on our TV screens on most weekends. fiekie7.co.za caught up with him and asked him about the emergence of current Bok wingers, Aphiwe Dyantyi, S’bu Nkosi and Makazole Mapimpi.
“These youngsters excite me. They all have raw pace, skill, size and have proven now that they can finish. I firmly believe that they will only get better with time and as they play more. If you take into consideration that all of them made their test debuts this season, then Rassie Erasmus (Bok coach) must surely be given credit for giving these youngsters a chance and more importantly, adopting a game plan which bring the wingers in play. All of them have scored a few tries now and it’s great to see their hunger and the fact that they’re popping up on their blindsides too,” Paulse said.
If one look at the players who are currently on the peripheral of the squad, guys like Dillyn Leyds, Ruan Combrinck and Travis Ishmael come to mind, then Erasmus suddenly have a wealth of talented guys with proven track records and who have all now been given a chance at test level.
“The depth at 11 and 14 is great to see. Not too long ago we had guys like Bryan Habana getting cold on the wing because the previous coaches didn’t always have good win – loose records and because of that, they would often adopt conservative game plans which meant that the wingers were merely spectators. Now, we suddenly have great wingers like Leyds and Combrinck who can both also cover fullback, who are struggling to get into the squad which, in itself, speaks volumes of how well the new guys have done,” the former Western Province and Stormers finisher said.
With Nkosi out injured, Dyantyi and Mapimpi will probably start again against Argentina in Mendoza before the Boks travel to Australasia for back to back tests against the Aussies in Brisbane and the All Blacks in Wellington. Asked whether the young guns had the ability to do well in the away leg of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, Paulse said that the he had no doubt that they can excel.
“I firmly believe that they have the ability. Rassie backs them and because they are still young and inexperienced at this level, they should see this as opportunities. It might be wet and windy in Wellington and they will be tested but luckily a guy like Willie (le Roux) at the back is experienced and they can feed off him.”
Paulse, who was labelled by many pundits to be too small (he only weighed 78kg) to be an international winger, overcame adversity and scored many a great try in blue and white as well as green and gold. Suddenly, the Boks are scoring tries again and just like Paulse (and Habana after him), the tries are being scored by the wingers, which bodes well for the future…
Headline picture: Aphiwe Dyantyi scores one of his 4 test tries. Pic: timeslive.co.za