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SA 'A' captain Am heaps praise on 'outstanding' Kolbe after British Lions heroics

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Cheslin Kolbe (Getty)
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South Africa 'A' captain Lukhanyo Am has heaped praise on wing Cheslin Kolbe, one of the star performers in his side's 17-13 win over the British & Irish Lions in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Kolbe was instrumental in his side's second try, beating two defenders and drawing in another two before offloading to Am, who took the ball at pace to score and put the South Africans 17-3 up and give them a lead that they would never surrender.

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Kolbe missed the Test against Georgia on 2 July, meaning he still hasn't played for the Springboks since the 2019 World Cup final in Yokohama where he was so devastatingly good.

However, if Wednesday night's performance is anything to go by, head coach Jacques Nienaber has nothing to worry about.

Always dangerous with the ball in his hands and able to manufacture space when there is none, Kolbe also gave another solid defensive display while he also proved his aerial ability once more.

There was even a period on either side of half-time where Kolbe had to step in at scrumhalf in the absence of the sin-binned Faf de Klerk, and speaking after the match Am spoke of how valuable Kolbe was to the national cause.

"Cheslin is an outstanding player, and he brings a lot of energy into the team in the backline," said AM.

"He's had an amazing season in France, and whenever he's wearing the green and gold jersey, he's one of the key performers in the team.

"He played really well today, and we moved him around; he was covering every position that he could.

"He's such a talent, and it's really nice having players like Cheslin in the team."

While nothing has been confirmed yet, Kolbe could get more game time this weekend when the Springbok squad fields a side against the Bulls in Cape Town.

Details of that match are yet to be confirmed.

WATCH | Sensational Kolbe floors British & Irish Lions defence, sets up Am try

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