Try-scoring wing Adam is Boulting to the top for Te Kawau

Adam Boult has scored 14 tries in his first season for Te Kawau.
Warwick Smith

Adam Boult has scored 14 tries in his first season for Te Kawau.

Adam Boult's arrival on the Manawatu club scene has been packed with highlight worthy plays.

​Plenty of classy and experienced outside backs have been left grasping for air as he bolted past them this season, his first for Te Kawau.

And heading into the final week of the regular season, he tops all try scorers with 14.

Remarkably, he only turned 18 this year.

He is a shoo-in for the Manawatu Under 19 team and is eligible for another season in the side next year.

The former Wanganui High School student said he just pleased to get plenty of game time in his first year of senior A club rugby.

"I just wanted to play senior As to try and make that Hurricanes Under 18 team this year. That was my real goal," he said.

He has already taken a big leap towards that with confirmation of his inclusion in their wider training squad coming last week.

"I made it last year [to the training camp], but I did not make the team so I really want to make it this year."

While his pace will see most coaches throw him on the wing, Boult said he was more at home at fullback.

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"I definitely like playing fullback better, there is more space. I played fullback at school. It was my first time playing wing this year so I am still getting used to that."

Boult's pace has been a huge advantage to him, but he said he has never had a sprinting background.

"I did it for my school in the inter-school stuff, but I never really did it properly," he said.

As a 16-year-old he set a blazing 11.3 seconds in the 100m.

To put that into perspective, it would be the 11th fastest time for an under-20s sprinter in New Zealand this year.

Last weekend he added another string to his bow, proving to be a more than capable goalkicker.

But while some will take the summer to relax, Boult knows he has plenty of work to do.

"I need to have a big off-season getting a bit bigger so for next year's under 19s I can dominate it a bit more," he said.

"My tackling technique is a little bit poor with my set up. I think if I get a bit more size it will help my tackling with getting a hit on and sticking better."

If he can add some size without losing any pace, a call-up to provincial rugby will only be a matter of time.

Boult said he hoped to play for the Turbos one day and would look to take his rugby career from there.

 - Stuff

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