Any debate regarding the fastest rugby player to represent Wales has long been a foregone conclusion, with icon Shane Williams likely to top that list for the vast majority of fans.
The former Ospreys hot-stepper is his country's all-time top-scorer after all, having sped across the line a record 58 times in his 87 caps to assert himself as Wales' most renowned wing wizard.
But the rise of Louis Rees-Zammit over the past two years has marked him as a superstar-in-the-making, cemented by the fact he won a British and Irish Lions call-up at the age of 20.
And the Gloucester talisman celebrated arguably the most outrageous try of his career to date in Sunday's tense 38-23 win over Fiji, a scoreline that flattered Wales given how ineffective they were at times.
Critics would argue the try shouldn't have stood given there was no clear 'control' in the touch-down, but a TMO review focused on whether there was 'separation', leading to some criticism among fans.
But it was also outrageous for the metres Rees-Zammit made up in beating Fiji's defenders to the ball, chipping from his own half before gobbling up ground to somehow earn the score.
And Williams, 44, was among Rees-Zammit's biggest admirers for showing the pace and desire to at least give himself a chance, telling Wales Online : "I think anyone in world rugby would have been proud of that finish.
"He had no right to score that try, let’s be honest.
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"I don’t know what Volavola was doing on the try-line. He should have just booted it into Row Z. But he probably didn’t expect Louis to be there. He is so sharp."
One could alternatively describe Rees-Zammit as a blunt weapon in the sense his speed gives him such a direct route to the line, one that even the most elite wingers may envy.
"He’s got out and out gas in a straight line and he backs it, which is all we ask of him really,: added three-time Lions tourist Williams, who retired from rugby in 2014.
"As soon as he puts toe to ball, you know, as long as that stays in field, that’s going to create problems. I almost thought he had kicked it too far, but he was that quick he was there before it went out."
It was a sensational sight as the prospect battled past defenders to progress more than 50 metres in around seven seconds, having already played 73 minutes of Test rugby.
Granted, his foes had spent just as long on the field—the fatigue showed for Fiji fly-half Ben Volavola in particular—but it takes nothing from 'Rees Lightning', who scored his sixth try in 10 Test starts.
Wales lumbered to their first victory of the autumn despite Fiji playing most of the match with 14 men or fewer after winger Eroni Sau was sent off 25 minutes in at the Principality Stadium.
Rees-Zammit's next task will be to guide Wayne Pivac's men to victory when they host Australia in their final fixture of the Autumn Nations Series on Saturday.
It will be his first time facing the Wallabies, but after scoring four times in his first four Six Nations fixtures en route to this year's title, Rees-Zammit is no stranger to thriving under pressure.
"He just oozes confidence and sometimes that’s all you need as a young pup playing on the wing, just a bit of confidence, go out there, express yourself and enjoy it and he’s doing that," Williams continued.
"My wife tells me it’s like watching it with your dad. Where they used to say 'Just get the ball to Shane', they say 'Get the ball to Rees-Zammit now'."
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