It was a fine way to announce himself on the wider stage of the Absa Currie Cup, but then William Small-Smith has always preferred a wider audience to showcase his talent.
Remember Cape Town Stadium in the IRB’s Junior World Championship last year June? A devastating run by the South African Under-20 resulted in the Junior Springboks scoring one of the four tries needed by his team to beat England and progress to the play-off stages of the tournament.
Fast forward Kimberley last weekend and again Small-Smith scored two tries that looked so silky and smooth, it is hard to believe this is a venue where the country’s best players have been humbled this season.
For both tries in his first start for the Vodacom Blue Bulls and only in his third match at this level, Small-Smith’s support play, soft hands and lightning pace was on show. It also came at exactly the right time for his team, another uncanny ability the former SA Schools Team leader possesses.
Physical: 1.84 and 90 Kg
DOB: 31 March 1992, Johannesburg
Food: Steak,Chips & Salad
Education: Fairlands Primary, Grey College, University of Pretoria
2013: Vodacom Blue Bulls Absa Currie Cup Premier Division, Absa Under-21 Competition, Vodacom Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup, FNB UP-Tuks 1 FNB Varsity Cup presented by Steinhoff International.
2012: Junior Springboks, JWC, Vodacom Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup
2011/12: Springbok Sevens
2010: SA Under-18, Blue Bulls Vodacom Cup, Blue Bulls Under-19, Absa Comp.