Here is a skill that pays the bills. Giving you my opinion on who I think are the best steppers in 2018/2019 Gallagher Premiership. The second week of Top 5 tuesday.
1. Telusa Veainu, Leicester Tigers:
Telusa has been breaking ankles and putting others in his highlight reels since he joined the premiership in 2015. Able to step off both feet. His awareness and understanding of where his defenders are coming from makes him more effective. The most defenders beaten(89) and 3rd in most metres gained 2017/2018 season.
2. Sinoti Sinoti, Newcastle Falcons:
Sinoti would be on every teams pre game analysis when they are looking at opposition threats. His crazy legs mixed with raw power seem to leave his opposite for dust. Equally steps good off both of feet. His timing after a little goose step seem to catch his opposition off guard.
3. Marcus Watson, Wasps:
Trying to defend Marcus out in the open field would be a worry for any forward. The 7’s specialist uses his dancing feet just as well in 15’s game. He has a sharp left foot that has claimed a lot of victims. The quickness in his step and not losing pace when he steps off that left foot gives him the advantage.
4. James O’connor, Sale Sharks:
Not many people would have seen how deadly James footwork can be. You only have to check his Instagram post of him on the beach, taking the french lads on business class to wack city. He has the jump step off his left but can jam off his right foot as well. He knows how to manipulate the defender before he steps. Takes you one way then boom. Gone.
5. Juan De Jongh, Wasps:
Juan is a well balanced player. Like James not many in the UK would have seen his footwork. The try below will give you a look at what he can do in open space. Like Watson he has the same sort of step where it is quick and his pace off the mark with strength makes him a top 5 candidate.