Kolisi up for physical battle

    2015-05-08 08:49

    Lloyd Burnard - Sport24

    Cape Town - Siya Kolisi is fit and ready to go this weekend as the Stormers prepare for battle against the Brumbies on Saturday.

    The flank was a part of the Springbok camp that took place in Johannesburg this week, but he did not train at all.

    “I hurt my ankle in the Cheetahs game but I only felt it after the game. I don’t even know how I hurt it, but it’s good to go,” Kolisi said, adding that he spent his time in Johannesburg learning plays and tactics with the Boks.

    “It was good to see all the guys from the other teams.”

    The fact that Kolisi didn’t exert himself on camp can only be good news for the Stormers, who are in for a tough breakdown battle on Saturday with the likes of David Pocock expected to make life difficult for the home side.

    “It will be a big tussle because we both lost at the weekend, so we’re going to have to pick up our game,” said Kolisi.

    “We’re going to focus more on our game and our mistakes this weekend and not on the Brumbies. We actually made mistakes last weekend and that’s how the Cheetahs got their points. It’s not like we were outplayed or anything like that.”

    The physical battle would also be a crucial component of the Newlands clash, said Kolisi.

    “They are a very good set piece side. They have got a good maul, good scrums and they are very physically dominant. They came straight at you, so you have to man up physically,” he said.

    “If you don’t match them physically then you will lose that battle.”

    Kolisi added that this match could have huge implications in terms of the play-off aspirations of both sides.

    “It is huge. It is big for us,” he said. “We don’t want to slack off of the Bulls but we also don’t want to focus on them. We just want to focus on getting our stuff right and winning this game would mean a lot to us.”

    Saturday’s match kicks off at 17:05.



    15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh/Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff

    Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alastair Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones/Pat Howard


    15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Robbie Coleman, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 David Pocock, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 JP Smith

    Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Allan Alaalatoa, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Jorden Smiler, 20 Jarrad Butler, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 James Dargaville, 23 Nigel Ah Wong

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