LIVE

    Dyantyi is a real gem - Mallett

    2018-02-26 09:00

    Cape Town - Former Springbok coach Nick Mallett was impressed by the performance of Lions wing Aphiwe Dyantyi against the Jaguares at Ellis Park on Saturday.

    Dyantyi scored a brace of tries as the Lions ran out comfortable 47-27 victors.

    It was also the 23-year-old’s second man-of-the-match accolade in as many weeks, having made an impressive debut against the Sharks in Round 1.

    Speaking in the SuperSport studio after the game, Mallett said: “I thought that the young man Dyantyi really came to the fore in the second half. He scored and created a brilliant try, scored a great try, took a great kick out of the air. It is the arrival of a very talented young player. He made very few mistakes. A couple of little passes went astray. But his acceleration and the timing of his pass at that last try was outstanding. The pace that he showed to run onto the pass and run 70m to score... he made three Jaguares trip up and sidestepped the fullback.”

    Dyantyi got his chance in the Lions starting team due to an injury to Courtnall Skosan and Mallett feels it will be tough to now drop the player.

    “I was so excited every time Dyantyi got the ball. I just felt like everyone was running at three quarter pace and then suddenly he would get the ball and bang... speed the game up. He has a lovely, confident way about him. He looks for work, defends well and always gives 100%.

    “He put in some tackles last week (against the Sharks) and took a high ball this week (against the Jaguares) which was really outstanding. A lot of the time guys going forward are very good, but without the ball you worry about their defensive frailty or how good they are under the high ball.

    “Dyantyi is a real gem and I quite frankly, think it’s going to be tough to drop him. Well done to this youngster, it is (a) pleasure to watch him in Super Rugby. We are broadening our strength in depth in that position in South Africa.”

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Results

    04 August 2018
    28 July 2018
    21 July 2018
    20 July 2018
    14 July 2018
    13 July 2018
    07 July 2018
    06 July 2018
    30 June 2018
    29 June 2018
    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Lions (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Stormers
    • Bulls

    Opinion Poll

    Who will win the 2018 Rugby Championships?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.