We are still very much elated by the fact that Siya Kolisi is now the first black captain of South Africa’s national rugby team, popularly known as the Springboks.
His first magical moment came last Saturday as the Springboks faced England, and his debut appearance as the captain had seemed to crumble in tatters. With South Africa falling to the Roses, it was as if Kolisi had been the wrong choice (which will never be the case).
South Africa’s performance of late has often come under criticism, with a string of poor results on their back and a conservative way of playing rugby being their undoing in most games.
Trailing 3-24 in the first 25 minutes, South Africa beat England 42-39 to lay down a marker for the remainder of the series and, many will hope, for the rest of the season.
Staying calm in a crisis sometimes comes naturally and in his post-match, Kolisi said that the team knew how to respond without needing to be told.
“I did not have to say much when we were in trouble because everybody was calm. We knew we were going to rock and the guys picked up the momentum,” the captain said.
There still is a lot of work to do with the Springboks. A real lot of work. With the leadership of Siya Kolisi, there is expected a modicum amount of improvement which with considerable time will translate into meaningful impact that delivers quality results consistently.
Still, Saturday was Siya Kolisi’s magical night.
Abundant signals that there is massive room for improvement.