Sun 30 May 2021 | 08:47

Kolbe gives Boks injury scare

Kolbe gives Boks injury scare
Sun 30 May 2021 | 08:47
Kolbe gives Boks injury scare
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SPOTLIGHT: The Springboks camp were delivered a scare in Toulouse’s Top 14 clash against Clermont when star wing Cheslin Kolbe limped from the field after just seven minutes of play.

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After becoming entangled in a tackle near the sideline, Kolbe twisted awkwardly under the weight of the tackler. After receiving some medical attention from the team doctor, he was forced from the field.

Springbok fans on Twitter were quick to put two and two together, with Kolbe a must-start for the upcoming British and Irish Lions tour any injury could heavily influence the outcome of the series without his game-changing talents.

Toulouse were struck with injury again midway through the second half, with flyhalf Romain Ntamack coming from the field in the 61st minute. Surprisingly, that saw Kolbe return to action in Ntamack’s place, dispelling fears that he had suffered a major injury.

The Springbok star went on to influence proceedings, making an impressive try-saving tackle after running down Clermont wing Peter Betham after an intercept. Kolbe then got to his feet and snaffled the ball to complete the turnover tackle.

Kolbe had another moment of brilliance, cutting through the Clermont defence with his trademark step before keeping the ball alive with a basketball-pass. With one more offload off the ground, Toulouse scored a stunning try that was unfortunately called back for a forward pass.

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A late try to Tim Nanai-Williams gave Clermont a chance at victory but a penalty goal from Thomas Ramos secured a 36-27 win for Toulouse as they chase a double after winning the Champions Cup against La Rochelle two weeks ago.

The league win retained first place on the Top 14 ladder with La Rochelle, with both clubs equal on 77 competition points.

Meanwhile, La Rochelle bounced back from their Champions Cup Final defeat to Toulouse to thrash Pau 51-27 earlier on Saturday.

In Friday’s action, Joris Segonds booted 26 points to help Stade Francais to a 46-27 victory over Lyon to keep their playoff hopes alive.

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Stade’s fifth consecutive Top 14 win left the club from the capital in seventh place, equal on 66 points with Toulon in the battle for the last play-off place that is awarded to the team in sixth.

Bordeaux-Begles are fourth and have secured a place in the playoffs despite a 25-19 defeat at Toulon.

French Top 14 results on Saturday:

Toulouse 36-27 Clermont

Toulon 25-19 Bordeaux-Begles

Agen 14-54 Racing92

Brive 28-33 Castres

La Rochelle 51-27 Pau

Montpellier 23-19 Bayonne

Played Friday:

Stade Francais 46-27 Lyon

Source: @RugbyPass (Sam Smith) & AFP 

PV: 15
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