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Monday, January 07, 2008

Takudzwa Ngwenya great try for the USA Sevens

Takudzwa 'Zee' Ngwenya was probably the most talked about player at the recent Rugby World Cup 2007. His try against the Springboks when he ran around Bryan Habana created a huge amount of hype, and was later named IRB Try Of The Tournament.

Ngwenya was inundated with phonecalls, interviews and received overs from a few clubs in Europe. He later chose to sign with French Top 14 team Biaritz and if all goes well, his star will continue to rise.

I watched him play for them on the weekend, and there's no doubt that he has electric feet. Whenever he got the ball there was a buzz and he managed to normally step past the first defender. I do feel he still needs to work on other aspects of his game though - his hands being one of them. But that will come with time and experience.

Before heading to Biaritz though he managed to travel with his country's Sevens team to the George leg of the IRB Sevens last month.

Against Canada, in the same game that we saw this huge hit, Ngwenya came on fresh off the bench. With literally his first touch of the ball he scored.

The large crowd who were keen to see him in action weren't disappointed, and with his little inside out, he's shown that he's no one try wonder.

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  • Look, this guy has talent, but is he suited for 15 man rugby? Not so sure. SA produces a lot of guys like him with quick feet who are good at 7's, but cant make the grade at 15's - its also why we cant beat NZ and Fiji at 7's - their lads combine pace and quick feet with power as well.

    Ngwenya's defensive frailty led to the one try by the opposition 10, and I forsee a few more. But maybe playing up North he will get the right coaching to improve in all aspects - otherwise he will be like another Southern African export - Brent Russel - who got eaten in that excellent Tait try.

    As an aside, there were a few guys saying Ngwenya was quicker than Habana after his try, despit him admitting that he wasnt - if you watch the clip of the try that he was largely responsible for conceding, you will see the opposition flanker keep up with him quite well - the lad has brilliant feet, like Jason Robinson, but he isnt lightning quick.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 08, 2008 10:04 am  

  • Hell he is quicker than me but then so is you average water cooler.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 08, 2008 12:40 pm  

  • i watched all of usa's game and he is good in space and got great feet but his lak of versatility is a problem...at biarritz he will improve alot, but its gunna take effort....even in his step, it loks like he always does and "in-and-away" and relys on pace, once team mark up on this he will need a new option, but yeah he needs work but definately potential

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 08, 2008 12:42 pm  

  • He's Zimbabwean by the way.

    By Blogger Ronan B, at January 08, 2008 1:29 pm  

  • I like Him.

    By Blogger Don, at January 08, 2008 1:46 pm  

  • Zimbabwean-born, now of US nationality.

    Calling him Southern African is correct, to call him South African would be incorrect.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 08, 2008 3:41 pm  

  • i agree that he will stuggle in 15 man rugby. he is not very strong, and will always be a defensive weakpoint in a team, not including the no. of knock-ons he currently has

    By Anonymous elrolo, at January 08, 2008 4:20 pm  

  • aaaaah just have him start hanging out with todd and he will learn some defense and develope some strength.

    By Anonymous MrClutchCLEVERismyhero, at January 09, 2008 2:08 am  

  • ive seen better

    i.e me!

    anyways love the comment bout the water cooler lol n the first one right on the money nice to see people not bagging out so hard
    well above my comment anywayz :)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 09, 2008 11:03 am  

  • Man give the guy a break. To me he is the best rugby player the U.S has right now. It's not like anybody on the U.S team is any better. He will learn remember he's only 23.

    By Blogger Hendrick, at January 13, 2008 4:23 am  

  • And all we've got is Chavanga and 4 million refugees!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at January 16, 2008 2:38 pm  

  • CAUCAU would burn Ngwenya and Habana like it aint your business.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at February 13, 2008 5:34 am  

  • It's actually amazing where this guy is at now because he's only been playing rugby for about 2 years, dont tell me you could make it on the international stage within 2 years so cut him some slack,and Habana may seem quicker but thats just because he has intense acceleration, if you watch the breakout try against Australia you'll notice that he doesn't appear very fast at the end of his run when opposition is closing in on him

    By Anonymous Dave, at May 21, 2008 6:03 pm  

  • there´s a guy playing back row for the US..openside flk...has long hair he actually kicked off that ngwenya try vs SA by picking off De Villiers i think..thats a US player you should be keeping an eye on..I wonder if he´s made it to the top leagues..if anyone knows who im talking about please let me know..thanks

    By Anonymous franco, at September 09, 2008 4:23 pm  

  • Franco, type in Todd Clever in the search bar up top... ;)

    By Anonymous Sharky, at September 09, 2008 4:38 pm  

  • wikkiam ryder or sirevi, back in his day, could have done that with half the space!!

    still his try in the world cup was pretty damn good!!

    By Anonymous steve, at September 12, 2008 10:43 pm  

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