Kolbe aims for Ellis Park first

Henry

Certain players have the unique ability to fill pavilions and have fans on the edge of their seats when they get hold of the ball.

Think Bryan Habana, Dan Carter and Danie Gerber. These days the Springboks boast X-factor players such as Cheslin Kolbe and Kurt-Lee Arendse.

In addition, the quick-footed Kolbe was persuaded to display his magic skills against Argentina in Johannesburg at the weekend.

If he is selected for the match, it will be his first international match at the iconic Ellis Park.

“It would be fantastic if I get a chance to play. As a Springbok I have never played there,” said Kolbe.

These are also the South Africans’ last home matches before their World Cup preparations begin in earnest with warm-up matches away from home.

“The atmosphere is always electric at the stadium and it will be very special to play in front of passionate and enthusiastic spectators.”

A week or two ago, the All Blacks put the Springboks under intense pressure with their good kicking and Kolbe believes that the home team must once again be on their guard against the Argentines.

“The airstrikes can be a decisive factor. Argentina boasts ex-sevens players in its back line and the team has shown in its last two games what it is capable of.”

Deon Davids also believes that the Boks are good enough to fire on all cylinders again after the All Blacks defeat.

“We have properly analyzed the game against New Zealand and we will want to improve in all facets. South Africa has top quality players and I don’t believe that a group suddenly becomes a weak team after one performance. There are plans in place and we know what we want to achieve.”

The Springbok squad for Saturday’s Argentina test will be announced later today.