Marlyn Williams

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Marlyn Williams
Full nameMarlyn Earl Williams
Date of birth (1993-01-09) 9 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthPaarl, South Africa
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb; 231 lb)
SchoolPaulus Joubert Secondary School
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Boland Cavaliers
Youth Career
2010–2011 Boland Cavaliers
2012–2013 Border Bulldogs
2014 Falcons
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014–2016 Falcons 50 (30)
2017–present Boland Cavaliers 27 (25)
Correct as of 27 October 2018

Marlyn Earl Williams (born 9 January 1993) is a South African rugby union player, currently playing with the Boland Cavaliers.[1] His regular position is lock.

Rugby career[edit]

2010–2011 : Boland Cavaliers[edit]

Williams was born in Paarl and represented the Boland Cavaliers at Under-18 and Under-19 level; he was included in their squad for the Under-18 Academy Week in 2010,[2] and in the Under-19 squad for the 2011 Under-19 Provincial Championship, scoring one try against Griffons U19.[3]

2012–2013 : Border Bulldogs[edit]

He moved to East London for the 2012 season, representing the Border U19 team in Group B of the 2012 Under-19 Provincial Championship, again contributing a single try in their match against Griquas U19.[4] He made ten appearances for the Border U21 team in the 2013 Under-21 Provincial Championship, scoring a try in their match against Western Province U21[5] in a disappointing season for a Border team that lost all twelve of their matches in Group A of the championship.[6] They had to play in a relegation play-off match to retain their spot in Group A, and did so with a 23–21 victory over Eastern Province U21, with a Williams try in the 13th minute of the match proving decisive in the result.[7]

2014–present : Falcons[edit]

For the 2014 season, Williams moved to Gauteng to join the Falcons. He was included in their squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup and made his first class debut by playing off the bench in their 6–26 defeat to the Pumas in the opening match of the competition.[8] After another appearance as a replacement against near-neighbours the Golden Lions in their next match,[9] he made his starting debut the following week against a Leopards XV.[10] He remained in the starting line-up for the remainder of the competition, making a total of seven appearances as the Falcons finished second-bottom in the Northern Section of the competition with a solitary win.[11] He remained in the starting line-up for the Currie Cup qualification series that kicked off a couple of months later. He made his Currie Cup debut against the Leopards[12] and started three more of their matches as the Falcons finished of sixth position[13] to qualify for the First Division. Williams also scored his first senior try during this competition, in the final minute of a 52–34 victory over the SWD Eagles in George.[14] Williams played in all of their matches in the First Division, helping them secure three wins during the regular season to finish in fourth position to secure the final semi-final berth.[15] He played off the bench in their semi-final match as the Falcons caused an upset, beating the top-of-the-log Leopards 31–24 in Potchefstroom.[16] He also came on as a replacement in the final, but his side fell just short, losing 21–23 to the Griffons in Welkom.[17]

Williams featured in all seven of the Falcons' matches in the 2015 Vodacom Cup, as the team improved on their 2014 performance by winning three of their matches, but still missed out on the play-offs after finishing in fifth position.[18] Another three wins followed in the 2015 Currie Cup qualification series, which also saw Williams score the second try of his career in a 16–29 defeat against former side the Boland Cavaliers.[19] A third-placed finish[20] meant the Falcons qualified for the First Division again, with Williams only featuring once during the regular season in their final match against the Leopards.[21] The team finished in fourth spot, which meant they met the same opposition a week later in the semi-finals. Williams came on as a replacement just after the hour mark, but could not help them emulate their 2015 semi-final success over the Leopards, with the side from Potchefstroom winning 29–17.[22]

Williams started thirteen of their fourteen matches in an expanded 2016 Currie Cup qualification series – which replaced the defunct Vodacom Cup – and scored tries in a 66–5 victory over Namibian side the Welwitschias[23] and a 31–59 defeat to Western Province.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile – Marlyn Williams". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  2. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Boland : 2010 U18 Academy Week". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  3. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Boland 10-17 Griffons". South African Rugby Union. 3 September 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border Bulldogs 50-20 GWK Griquas". South African Rugby Union. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border 12-74 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 27 September 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Squad – Border : 2013 Absa Under 21 Competition". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Border 23-21 EP Kings". South African Rugby Union. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 6-26 Steval Pumas". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Golden Lions 23-22 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 29-40 Leopards XV". South African Rugby Union. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2014 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Valke 22-45 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 13 June 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2014 Absa Currie Cup Qualifiers". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  14. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – SWD Eagles 34-52 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  15. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2014 Absa Currie Cup First Division". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  16. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards 24-31 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  17. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Down Touch Griffons 23-21 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 17 October 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  18. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2015 Vodacom Cup". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  19. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Boland 29-16 Hino Valke". South African Rugby Union. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  20. ^ "SA Rugby Log – 2015 Absa Currie Cup Qualifying". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  21. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Hino Valke 29-36 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 25 September 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  22. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Leopards 29-17 Hino Valke". South African Rugby Union. 2 October 2015. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  23. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Hino Valke 66-5 Windhoek Draught Welwitschias". South African Rugby Union. 11 June 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  24. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Hino Valke 31-59 DHL Western Province". South African Rugby Union. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 28 July 2016.