You’ve probably seen his behind-the-back offload already, but the Stormers utility has always had a knack for outrageous highlight reel plays.
One surefire measure of a person’s success (or complete lack thereof) these days is the ability to go viral. Stormers utility back Dillyn Leyds did that last week with a play that managed to outshine the team try of the year scored in the same game.
But Leyds is no one-trick pony. The 24-year-old has been lighting it up for the last few seasons, despite being on a Stormers team whose gameplans have until this season been a pretty good cure for insomnia. Here’s some more from South Africa’s latest must-watch player:
He can chip, and he can chase: Some pretty slick skill here from the winger, putting in a chip and chase that Beauden Barrett would be proud of. Ultimately it was the home side’s only try against last year’s finalists, who went on to win. Still, sweet try.
Try of the year in 2015: What do you do when you almost get cleaned out catching a bomb? Burn 60 metres upfield and score. Leyds clapped on the pace against the Blues here, scoring a sensational try that helped the home team to a comfortable victory.
THAT offload: If you have access to social media, you’ve seen this already. Probably a few times, but it’s worth watching a few more. While Leyds’ pass is spectacular, spare a thought for teammate Cheslin Kolbie. His improvised grubber while getting head-high tackled deserves some credit too.
Beating New Zealand: Leyds hasn’t made the Springboks yet, but has worn the dark green rep jersey before. He helped the South African U20 team to a historic win over New Zealand in the 2012 final, which was the first time anyone had beaten the boys in black in the five-year history of the tournament.
Even when he doesn’t score, he scores: When you get up shaking your head, waving your arms and generally being so disappointed you tell the ref not to waste his time going upstairs, you probably shouldn’t be awarded a try. Not Leyds last year against the Brumbies though. He’s so good he fooled himself into thinking he’d botched it. To be fair, this was a pretty touch and go TMO call.
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