'Ryan's up there with Gethin'
OSPREYS' forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys believes Ryan Bevington will develop into a gold- standard prop to stand comparison with Gethin Jenkins.
Jenkins is seen as a front-rower apart thanks to his mastery of bonus skills that are usually the preserve of openside flankers.
Bevington (below) still has some distance to travel before he gets near the Toulon man in terms of his ability to pull off turnovers, but he tackles like thunder and in the scrums the young Osprey has developed to the point where last week he gave Dan Cole plenty to think about.
"I don't judge Ryan by normal standards, given the athlete that he is," said Humphreys.
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"He can do things that not a lot of other loose-head props can do.
"Gethin Jenkins could do magnificent stuff, but this kid can do it all. He can scrummage, he can tackle, he can run — he's outstanding. For me, he wasn't far off being the man of the match against Leicester.
"The difference between what happened at Welford Road in October and what happened at our ground last weekend was that Ryan had learned from his experience in Leicester and learned from the referee's interpretation.
"He's worked hard on things like his bind and I thought he was extremely dominant last weekend.
"He also impressed with some of the stuff he did outside the set-piece. On one occasion one of their wingers was going through and Ryan took him down in a wide channel."
Bevington is a dark horse to come through for Wales in the Six Nations.
Jenkins and Paul James both have more experience, but the 24-year-old's form demands serious consideration.
"Everyone is in contention," insisted acting Wales head coach Rob Howley.