In my Independent Media’s “Rants and Rave’s” from this weekend, my top rant is about the blue on blue jersey confusion of Saturday’s Blues vs Stormer’s clash and my biggest rave is over Siya Kolisi’s colossal impact.
The blue versus blue jersey debacle at Newlands riled me throughout the 80 minutes.
If it annoyed and confused me as a viewer, then what about the players going into the collisions who had to make instant decisions in passing or offloading? It was a mess and it affected the quality of the game, with many mistakes attributed to confusion about which blue was which blue. How the hell did the officials allow for a situation where both teams played in a similar blue jersey and blue shorts? Even more damning is that there wasn’t a change made at halftime.
Siya Kolisi emphatically announced himself good enough to lead the Springboks against England. Kolisi was colossal.
His counter ruck clean out of Blues scrumhalf Sam Nock in the 14th minute was brutal and his defensive hit on Sonny Bill Williams was legal, controlled and made a massive statement. Kolisi all week talked the biggest of games and then went out and played the biggest of games. It is exactly what you want from a Bok captain.
Read my other rants and raves for this past weekend’s Super Rugby at iol.co.za where I talk once again about poor match officiating as well as the Lion’s woeful weekend performance. While Damien Willemse and the Blues backline were my other highlights of the weekend.