Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
leicestertigers.comMattioli Woods Welford RoadContact UsTopps Tiles
Tig Blog

Wings for all seasons

Figure image

For the Leicester Tigers wings this season it has been a case of compare and contrast in the opening weeks of the new season.

About the only things that Jonny May and Nick Malouf have in common is a place on the edges of the Tigers backline and a distinctly non-Leicester voice.

Everyone knows about May, an England international with lengthy Premiership experience. Malouf, meanwhile, arrived unheralded as he returned to the 15-man format of the game after a spell with Australia Sevens.

May will always attract the spotlight of the media, while Malouf is likely to be pretty much left alone.

Former Gloucester wing May, as we have already seen with his scores against the Ospreys in pre-season and then against both Bath and Saints, has tremendous finishing power.

In contrast, Malouf’s biggest impression before last Saturday’s win over Gloucester had been in defence, notably in being able to lift Bath’s Taulupe Faletau and drive the big back-rower back towards his own line in the game on the opening day of the season. It is a situation in which Faletau will not have had huge experience.

May just looks like an out-and-out wing, a finisher, a glider, a prowler, a speed merchant in the wide channels.

Malouf has an old school forward appearance, enhanced by the old school headband and the stitches above his eye from hitting a ruck in his first appearance during the pre-season trip to the Ospreys. It is not the usual look for a wing.

His finish for his first score in professional club rugby was not exactly typical of a wing either, taking the ball 25 metres out and getting to the line almost as much by force of will as by speed of foot.

Also, as he started his rugby career as a flanker, you’d expect the Aussie to look more comfortable in a scrum than his team-mate on the other wing if the situation demands it.