Kolbe’s 2021 highlights prove he may be best player in the world right now
Cheslin Kolbe is collecting medals and trophies for fun this year, and that is why Toulon seemed to move heaven and earth to sign him. The South African is simply a serial winner is has a major influence on every team he plays for.
So far this year he has won the Heineken Champions Cup and Top 14 double with Toulouse, a British & Irish Lions series with South Africa, and could even add a Rugby Championship over the coming weeks.
Not only that, but the 27-year-old has produced some of the most defining moments in rugby this year. In a series against the Lions that was perhaps lacking in magic, and also one where the winger was supposedly shut down by Warren Gatland’s side, he still scored the series-winning try in the third Test with an individual effort that saw him step fullback Liam Williams and fend off hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie. Before then, in the South Africa A fixture against the Lions, he created Lukhanyo Am’s try by exploiting a slither of space in the visitor’s defence.
While he is famed for his magical footwork when the ball is in his hands, he showed in the Top 14 final that he can do far more than simply step with his feet when he drilled a 50 metre drop goal at the Stade de France against La Rochelle. That added another string to his bow and gave teams another reason not to give him any space in the back field. That could easily be the moment of his year.
His highlights of 2021 so far will be enough evidence for many fans that he is the best player in the world currently, and with many pivotal games to come, particularly against the All Blacks, he still has plenty of time to amaze the world again. Take a look: