His name is a bit of a mouthful. So much so that I tend to call him Vindaloo most of the time and more often than not get looked at with a mixture of confusion and ire. Nonetheless, I think 2011 is going to be his breakthrough season. Now, the most obvious question after a sweeping statement like that is usually and quite rightly, “well, why?” and that is a question I don’t have an answer to just yet, but after the postulating that follows you may see my reasoning…
Firstly, he’s been in the system for a while now, and has had some impressive performances to date, but his progress has been hampered by one or two injuries, perhaps allowing Lwazi Mvovo to leap frog him in the queue for the number 14 jersey, but its worth remembering that Vulindlu cracked the first team first, and look where Mvovo is now!
Secondly, he is hungry for success. I kept a close eye on him when he made his comeback from injury last year and he made a big impact when he came on. He seemed to relish the great service provided by Superpat and McLeod and attacked the line aggressively, making space for the players around him to play in, which is a trait I think makes for an extraordinary player.
He’s young, big and fast, and he has the indestructible Stefan Terblanche and experienced Adrian Jacobs to learn from.
And finally, he’s versatile. He can play on either wing and at centre, and can play all positions equally well.
I just have a gut feel that it will be his year. It’s the same gut feeling that I had when Superpat made his Super14 debut last year and when I first saw Francois Steyn scythe through the whole Western Province side in a rainy Vodacom Cup game. I also knew, as soon as I saw him play, that Heinrich Brussouw would be a dominant, world class loose forward.
Having said all that, I also thought The Lion’s Walter Venter would be a breakthrough player a few seasons ago and, for reasons that today I cannot fathom, that Kabamba Floors would make a good Springbok, but hey, we can’t be right all the time.
In closing, I look forward to seeing Zuks prove me right, and if he reads this, I’m pretty sure he’s also looking forward to proving it to everyone too.Tweet