I had fun at scrumhalf, says Bok star Kolbe

2019-08-13 16:56
Cheslin Kolbe
Cheslin Kolbe (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Springbok star Cheslin Kolbe says he enjoyed his cameo at scrumhalf during last Saturday's 46-13 win over Argentina in Salta.

The Springbok winger moved to scrumhalf for 10 minutes while Faf de Klerk was in the sin-bin and impressed in the position.

"With Faf getting the yellow card, I had to settle in as quickly as possible. But wherever I can add value to the team, I am happy to do so. It was good, I had fun at scrumhalf for those 10 minutes but I definitely couldn't feel my lungs," Kolbe quipped.

Kolbe added that he got great support from Bok flyhalf Handre Pollard.

"Getting guidance from Handre Pollard especially, in terms of the communication and where we need to be on the park, was a huge help."

The topic of Kolbe playing scrumhalf is not a new one, with former Springbok coach Nick Mallett suggesting a few years ago that the 1.71m Kolbe should consider a move to No 9 if he wanted to play international rugby.

Mallett again weighed in on the discussion in the SuperSport studio over the weekend.

"I was quite relieved that Cheslin Kolbe played so well at scrumhalf for the 10 minutes when Faf de Klerk was off the field because if he made a few shocking passes everyone would have said I didn't know what I was talking about," Mallett said.

"He has been playing fantastic rugby on the wing but in this instance where he had to move to scrumhalf, he did so quite seamlessly. What always impresses me about Kolbe is his unbelievable courage for a man of his size. He is barely 80kg, if that, but he goes in as hard as anyone on the field."

Mallett said Kolbe's versatility could mean that Bok coach Rassie Erasmus opts for only two specialist scrumhalves in this World Cup squad.

"But honestly, apart from playing sevens, I'm not sure how much rugby Kolbe ever played at No 9 and yet he looked so comfortable there. From a World Cup perspective, it allows us to think of perhaps taking two specialist scrumhalves with Kolbe to cover and that liberates another position in the backline or in the forwards."

Read more on:    springboks  |  rwc 2019  |  cheslin kolbe  |  nick mallett  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who should walk away the winner in the Team of the Year category at the 2020 Laureus World Sports Awards?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.