12.8.2019 06:15 pm
The Springbok winger’s temporary stint in the position had former national coach Nick Mallett believing he’s far better there than one might think.
Cheslin Kolbe readily admits he enjoyed standing in at scrumhalf for ten minutes during the Springboks' Rugby Championship clincher against Argentina at the weekend.
It’s patently undeniable: all that matters is Siya Kolisi’s return to competitive action.
Earlier this year, there was a plan to turn the explosive Lions No 8 into a centre. That thought seems a bit silly currently.
Nine months ago, Embrose Papier and Ivan van Zyl looked set for potential World Cup gigs with the Springboks. Now, there’s little chance for that, believes Werner Swanepoel.
And, to be honest, he’s got a perfectly good reason to do so.
It says much that the only changes Rassie Erasmus made for the meeting with Argentina is his replacement front row two weeks ago against the All Blacks.
Former Bok prop Daan Human is credited with transforming the fortunes of Trevor Nyakane and Lizo Gqoboka in particular.
But centre Lukhanyo Am believes the World Cup remains the biggest objective in 2019.
Forwards guru Matt Proudfoot reiterates that the high-flying national team won’t underestimate the challenge of going to Argentina.
And that’s very good news for the Springboks too.
The smaller fry once again dominated last weekend’s action … and selections. But don’t forget the unbeaten Lions!
Brent Janse van Rensburg’s troops show their mettle, but it’s the Lions that remain the only unbeaten side in the tournament.
The franchise abandons its search for a new head coach as ‘leaks and confusion’ undermined the selection process.