Sergeal Petersen: Faster than Carlin Isles?

27 Feb

Sergeal Petersen, remember the name, for you’re bound to hear it again. Aged just 18, Petersen had a spectacular first appearance for the Southern Kings earlier this week, scoring two tries against the Western Force in the Kings first Super 15 game. Petersen, just out of school, also picked up the man-of-the-match award in the Kings 22-10 victory.

An accomplished sprinter, Petersen represented South Africa at the 2011 World Athletics Youth Championship and at only 16 ran a personal best of 10.55 seconds in the 100 metres. To put that in context, Carlin Isles, the American deemed ‘the fastest man in world rugby’, ran only a 10.85 at the same age. With only one Super 15 game under his belt, the Youtube  clips are relatively few for Petersen at the moment but expect that to change over the coming months.


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