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Simphiwe Matanzima

Simphiwe Matanzima: Warming the bench, for now

There’s a new kid on the block as 21-year-old prop Simphiwe Matanzima is sticking his hand up and putting in a solid effort week in and week out.

The former Queen’s College product made his Vodacom Super Rugby debut in the opening round against the DHL Stormers earlier this year and has continued to grow in stature.

A prop is judged on his scrumming which is something that Matanzima continues to excel at but it is his

He has yet to start a Vodacom Super Rugby match which is understandable as he is the current understudy to Lizo Gqoboka but it is a question of when rather than if for the former Junior Springbok.

It is almost guaranteed that the incumbent Vodacom Bulls props will be called up for national duty later this year and Matanzima’s prowess will be called upon in the Currie Cup and potentially the latter stages of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge.