Kolbe takes hits on the chin

    2015-03-11 13:18

    Cape Town - Stormers fullback Cheslin Kolbe does not believed he is being targeted by opposition teams due to his small stature.

    Kolbe, at 1.71m is one of the smallest players in Super Rugby, played another stellar game for the Stormers against the Sharks at Newlands this past weekend.

    But he was man-handled at times, particularly by Sharks centre Frans Steyn.

    Steyn was twice penalised for dangerous tackles on Kolbe, while on another occasion his hard hit on Kolbe was adjudged to have been legal.

    WATCH: Kolbe takes a battering from the Sharks

    Post by We are South Africa.

    He was eventually sent to the sin-bin in the 73rd minute for a late tackle on the Kolbe.

    Kolbe told Netwerk24 taking hits like that is just "part of rugby" and he takes it on the chin.

    "You're going to take a few hits, but you just have to remain focused, keep on believing in yourself and keep a cool head," said Kolbe.

    Kolbe was also diplomatic when asked what he thought about former Springbok coach Nick Mallett's views that he should shift to scrumhalf if he wanted to be considered for higher honours.

    "I keep asking myself, is he being played in the right position? Will he become an international fullback? In the present South African system, they’ll never pick him because he’s too small," Mallett said in the SuperSport studio at the weekend.

    Kolbe's response was: "I just want to remain focused on what currently occupies my time, what my responsibilities as a fullback are. I'm not preoccupied by anything else."

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