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Kolisi delighted to give South Africa 'something to smile about'

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi delighted to give South Africans ‘something to smile about’ as he celebrates victory over the Lions… but admits celebrating in front of empty stadium was ‘weird’

  • The Lions’ Tour of South Africa ended in disappointment as the hosts won 
  • The Springboks were victorious 19-16 in the final match of the series 
  • Siya Kolisi had the honour of captaining his side and was delighted to win 

Springboks’ captain Siya Kolisi reckoned their knife-edge series win over the Lions will have given the nation something to ‘smile about’, and admitted it was strange celebrating in front of empty stands.

Covid restrictions meant all three Tests were played with no spectators present in Cape Town.

Kolisi, the man who skippered South Africa to World Cup glory two years ago, said: ‘It feels a little weird because the stadium is empty.

Siya Kolisi captained his South Africa side to victory against the Lions on Saturday evening 

The Springboks took the series win with the deserved triumph over Warren Gatland’s men 

‘As soon as Morne went for the kick, I said, “No way”. But we know what he can do.

‘I’m really happy for him and the team, so proud of them, especially with all the turmoil that’s going on.

‘I just hope we have given people something to smile about.

‘We knew we had to produce a big second half and we just tried to do everything better and harder. I’ll never get this chance again, to captain against the Lions, most of this team won’t get to play against them.

The skipper admitted it was strange to lift the trophy and celebrate without any supporters 

‘Our successes are all team achievements. But what I would say to someone from a similar background is, you’ve got to believe and protect your dreams, no matter what your circumstances are.’

Winger Cheslin Kolbe was named man of the match after scoring the home side’s only try, a mazy effort past two Lions tacklers.

‘There weren’t too many opportunities for us as wingers because there’s a game plan we have to follow,’ he said. ‘But when they came we had to make sure we took them.

‘I’m just so happy for the boys. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. It’s a privilege and an honour to wear this jersey.’




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