Guinness PRO14 Round 6 Player Spotlight: Rabz Maxwane

Tom Harle
10 October 2018

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Rabz Maxwane has pace to burn and Edinburgh were left scalded by the Toyota Cheetahs flier in Round 6.

The 23-year-old was limited to six appearances in Guinness PRO14 last year, scoring five tries in that time, serving notice of his potential in the South African set-up.

Six games into this year’s competition and he has exactly the same return, with two further tries at Murrayfield and an astounding assist showing just how destructive Maxwane can be.

At 13-0 down deep into the first half on Friday night, immense prop Ox Nche emerged from a ruck in his own territory with a key jackal.

Maxwane was set free 30 metres from his own line, showing all of his athleticism to swerve sharply into centre field and eventually regain his footing to offload to scorer Nico Lee.

It was a momentum-shifting intervention from the winger and the catalyst of three tries in 13 minutes for the visitors either side of the half-time interval.

The other two were both Maxwane’s – two minutes after the resumption he showed strength to match speed in holding off Darcy Graham to dot down in the far left corner.

He had to be patient on 48 minutes, Louis Fouche unable to offload at the first attempt, but on the next phase met Tian Meyer as first receiver and cut a perfect inside line to cross.

The speedster was unlucky to end on the losing side and his individual efforts will be crucial if Franco Smith’s side are to emulate last seasons’ playoff feats in Conference A.

Only Luke Morgan and Bundee Aki beat more defenders than the South African’s six in Round 6, while no-one betters his seasonal haul of 10 clean breaks.

On the strength of the numbers, they won’t find Maxwane wanting.

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