Alex Cuthbert has hailed the “X-factor” of Jordan Williams as Wales attempt to ignite their tour of South Africa with victory against the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth tonight.
Lions and Wales powerhouse Cuthbert is the elder statesman in an exciting back-three alongside Williams and the mercurial Matthew Morgan, 22.
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And the lethal finisher, who is 24, is looking forward to being part of Warren Gatland’s Wales orchestra at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
“They are both electric with ball in hand and space around them. It is very exciting,” beamed the Blues ace.
Cuthbert compared the skills and dazzling foot-work of Jordan Williams to Wales’ record try-scorer and Great Entertainer Shane Williams.
“He has definitely got that potential. He is only 20 but he has got that X-factor like Shane had,” added Cuthbert.
“You give him any room and he can take advantage and put defences under pressure. He has all the attributes to be an absolutely quality player.
“We have ‘Shings’ (Steven Shingler) and Cory Allen in the centre too with great skills.
“Hopefully we will see a lot of the ball and cause the Kings some big problems.
“This game is important preparation and hopefully sets us on a good road so we can build towards Saturday’s Test with the Springboks.
“I don’t know much about the Kings. I know Carlos Spencer is their coach and if his playing career is anything to go by then they will be looking to play a bit of rugby.
“Hopefully it will be a free-flowing game.
“We don’t know what they will throw at us but we need to build towards the Test and make sure our defence and our structures are working.”
Experienced prop Paul James warned: “It will be a massive game for the Kings. They have guys playing for Super Rugby contracts down the line.
“A few years ago I played for the Ospreys against Australia so I know how they will feel.
“You put your body on the line and it is a good chance for you to put yourself out there so it will be a big game.
“But it’s also a big challenge for us as Test spots are available and we are going there to perform.”
Kings waded into the 2009 Lions during a brutal, taking no-prisoners encounter in an effort to soften the best of Britain and Ireland up for that Test series.
“I am definitely expecting something similar to that,” said James.
“They are going to be revved up for it with a big bunch of boys. We have to concentrate on our own game and make sure we turn up.
“It is a bit different as we do not know much about them. We have got a little bit of footage.
“What we do know is most South African teams have got big packs and are very aggressive – there will be a big challenge out there for us.”
Wales forwards guru Robin McBryde said: “The team has got a real responsibility to get the ball rolling and get us off on the right foot.”