Cheslin Kolbe cuts Lions open with unbelievable footwork
There are just some certainties in life: dying, taxes and Cheslin Kolbe making fellow skilled rugby gamers look very, very foolish.
It was an enthralling conflict between the British & Irish Lions 2021 vacationers and a South Africa A facet filled with Check stars, with the hosts pulling by way of 17-13 in Cape City.
The spotlight of the ding-dong affair was the diminutive Kolbe placing his hustler’s footwork to make use of to bamboozle Lions defenders and create a attempt for his captain, Lukhanyo Am.
The wing ghosted previous Chris Harris and Louis Rees-Zammit, then flew ahead. As he was tackled by Elliot Daly, he popped it as much as Am, who cantered on to attain.
Earlier than the match started, Ronan O’Gara had described Kolbe because the “Lionel Messi of rugby” on Sky Sports activities due to the Springbok’s capability to make magic occur on the sphere. And the little wizard proved the La Rochelle coach proper (O’Gara ought to know, as his facet have misplaced two finals this yr to Kolbe’s Toulouse).
And as you’ll be able to think about, individuals took to social media to throw reward and the unbelievable wing.
The South Africa facet had opened up the scoring when Eben Etzebeth charged down an Owen Farrell kick after which Sbu Nkosi completed issues off. Then there was the Kolbe and Am present that gave the hosts a 17-3 lead at half-time.
South Africa A did obtain two yellow playing cards in direction of the tip of the half, Faf de Klerk and Marco van Staden each being despatched to the sin-bin, however they had been profitable in holding out the Lions following a sequence of tap-and-goes.
The Lions got here roaring again within the second half, clawing again to inside a rating and will nicely have received it ultimately.
The Lions had been wasteful when first up towards 13 males late within the first half, however within the second interval Lions loosehead Wyn Jones went over from shut vary (earlier than heading off injured).
Farrell’s second penalty on 50 minutes narrowed the hole whereas Rees-Zammit was inches brief from giving the Lions the lead with a attempt on the hour mark, however ultimately the South Africans’ stern defence held out because the Lions suffered their first defeat of 2021.
Issues are properly poised forward of the Check sequence…
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