Rugby 3.9.2018 06:52 pm

Pocket rocket Kolbe ‘deserves’ Springbok chance

Cheslin Kolbe.  Photo: Luke Walker/Gallo Images.

Cheslin Kolbe. Photo: Luke Walker/Gallo Images.

National assistant coach Matt Proudfoot had glowing praise for the diminutive fullback, who played under him at the Stormers too.

Cheslin Kolbe joined the Springboks for their first training session on Monday in Brisbane, where the South Africans are preparing for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies.

Kolbe was added to the Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of the competition.

Matt Proudfoot, one of the team’s assistant coaches, said it was good to have Kolbe with the team and that a big part of the Boks’ focus for this week will be their consistency and execution.

“We are excited to have Cheslin in the side; I think he deserves his chance in the group because I think he has really performed well (in France for Toulouse),” said Proudfoot.

“I obviously knows him well from my coaching days at the Stormers, and he is type of player who can really create something out of nothing.”

The Springboks resumed their preparations for the clash against Australia with some technical sessions at their Brisbane hotel, before heading to the Churchie Grammar School for a field session in the late afternoon.

“We felt we played really well in Durban and let ourselves down in Argentina with our execution, so we are looking for the same consistency and to play with the same level of physicality like in Durban,” said Proudfoot.

“Our execution, whether at breakdown or from set piece, needs to improve across the board.”

Proudfoot added that the Boks know what to expect from the Wallabies: “They will be determine to bounce back and will no doubt be in our faces, so we need to prepare with the same intensity that we can expect from them on Saturday.

“We are in fact two teams looking to bounce back, so I think this game are going to be crucial for both sides, to see how each one respond. It will be a tight game played on the advantage line by both sides who will be looking to get on the front foot.”

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