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Is there anything Cheslin Kolbe cannot do?
Beat defenders? Check.
Hold his own in defence? Check.
Play multiple positions in the backline when required? Check.
Oh, and now we can add slotting a 50-metre drop goal in a cup final to help his side to victory to his CV.
The winger’s first-ever career drop goal helped Toulouse oust La Rochelle 18-8 in the French Top 14 final.
As half-time neared, Kolbe’s drop goal extended Toulouse’s lead to 12, which was a great confidence booster going into the break.
Casually, no fuss, and bang:
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) June 26, 2021
Frans Steyn, and dare I say even Jannie de Beer, would have been happy with that one.
It would be sweet, sweet revenge if Cheslin could repay the British & Irish Lions for that infamous 1997 Jeremy Guscott drop goal.
Ahead of the tour, he says he’s looking forward to taking on a sizeable challenge in the form of Duhan van der Merwe, the South African born winger who has starred for Scotland in recent times,
This via SuperSport:
…van der Merwe trained alongside Kolbe at a national rugby sevens camp in 2012 before moving overseas and eventually qualifying for Scotland on residency grounds last year…
“He’s an unbelievable player. I think he’s got everything a winger needs,” Kolbe said.
“The British and Irish Lions, the team they’ve announced and the back-three they’ve announced, there are guys that can run with the ball, they’re good on defence.
“They’ve got a good balance,” Kolbe added.
Just get him the ball, one on one with Owen Farrell, and let history repeat itself.
Below are the full highlights from the French Top 14 final:
The other rugby final this weekend was the Premiership final between Exeter and Harlequins.
Fresh off one of the greatest ever comebacks in the semi-final (they were down 28-0 at one stage), Harlequins again dug deep, with two late tries by Louis Lynagh (the son of former Wallaby Michael) helping them pip Exeter 40-38:
It was Harlequins’ first Premiership title for nine years, and man of the match Joe Marler, who loves a headline-grabbing interview, was at it again after the final whistle:
I would guess he’s still nursing a rather tidy hangover this morning.
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