Cheslin Kolbe and Damian McKenzie exchanged their No 23 jerseys in Wellington. Photo: @Cheslin_Kolbe11 via Twitter

CAPE TOWN – We’ve all gone through that moment – lining up a penalty kick in the street to win the Rugby World Cup final.

For most of us, the dreams just stay on that road or field, but for new Springbok hero Cheslin Kolbe, it is becoming a reality.

Kolbe experienced his first big moment in the Bok jersey at the weekend, when he read the play brilliantly to claim a pass from All Black centre Anton Lienert-Brown and run from near the halfway line to score a vital intercept try.

The five-pointer came just after halftime, when Kolbe replaced the injured Lukhanyo Am.
Handre Pollard’s conversion stretched the Boks’ lead to 31-17 at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, and they held on for a famous 36-34 win.

Since then, Kolbe returned home to Cape Town instead of his French club Toulouse, and paid a visit to his family home in Kraaifontein.

Upon arrival, he saw a boy placing a rugby ball carefully on the ground with sand, stepping back and booting it through the “poles”!

“Literally just stopped at my parents house. Gave me goosebumps seeing this young boy having fun, flashback to when I was doing the same thing kicking for the light posts.

“First thing I told my wife that was me when I was younger. #whereitallstarted Excuse the song from the radio” Kolbe posted on Instagram, with Destiny’s Child hit ‘Bootylicious’ playing on the radio.

Kolbe would’ve already inspired many youngsters with his exploits on the rugby field, and will be back in action soon.

The Springboks face Australia in Port Elizabeth on September 29, before taking on the All Blacks in Pretoria on October 6.

 

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