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Siya Kolisi. (EJ Langner/Gallo Images)
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  • Former Springbok captain Bobby Skinstad gave glowing praise to current Bok skipper Siya Kolisi for his overall performance against the British & Irish Lions.
  • Lions coach Warren Gatland made sure to grab a moment with Kolisi after the titanic clash to pay respect, in a show of class.
  • The Boks lost the first Test, but won the last two to win the series 2-1 by winning Saturday's third Test 19-16.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi's performance in the British & Irish Lions series won critical acclaim from former Springbok loose-forward and captain Bobby Skinstad.

Working as an analyst for Sky Sports, the United Kingdom-based Skinstad said Kolisi's leadership on and off the field made a huge difference for the Springboks.

Kolisi, like most of his teammates, was ring-rusty at the start of the series and it showed in the second half of the first Test when the Boks lost 22-17 after leading at half-time.

Kolisi was monumental in the Springboks' 19-16 win against the Lions on Saturday.

Skinstad, who was part of the 2007 Rugby World Cup-winning squad and played 42 times for the Boks between 1997 and 2007, was effusive in his praise of Kolisi. 

"Siya Kolisi's off-the-field leadership is not in question. He's got so many things right at the right time," Skinstad said.

"Gats (Gatland) went over to speak to him, then went back to have the handshake and the pat on the back.

"It was a personal thing, rather than a 'you beat us and move on your way' kind of thing. It's like he said: 'You have affected these games and did this and that.'.

"It is tremendous respect and from him, it showed how Kolisi affected the series."

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