JOHANNESBURG - One of the Lions’ new stars, flank Vincent Tshituka, 20, is ready to be his team’s new tackling machine.
Tshituka made his first Super Rugby start against the Jaguares last Saturday and enjoyed a memorable debut which included making eight tackles. Only eighthman Kwagga Smith made more - 10.
In the absence of former lock and the Lions’ most prolific tackler, Franco Mostert, who has moved abroad, and the injured Warren Whiteley, Tshituka could be the man to step up in defence. After all, he loves nothing more than bringing down opponents.
“I want my trademark to be my ability to defend,” said the former Northcliff High pupil yesterday. “I take pride in tackling, defending; I hate missing tackles. But I also want to tick all the other boxes, to be an all-rounder on the field.”
Tshituka, who only took up rugby when he started high school, initially played on the wing.