No limits



July 29, 2016
No limits

FIT AND READY: Cheslin Kolbe

Kolbe hopes hard work pays off at Rio Olympic Games.

Looking at Cheslin Kolbe shortly before their departure for the Rio Olympic Games it is clear that he has spent a number of days in the gym.

Not having played Super Rugby of late, Kolbe has been working hard behind the scenes with his buddies in the Blitzbokke camp.

And come August 9, the Stormers fullback hopes all their hard work is going to pay off.

Kolbe tells the Daily Voice: “We’re confident heading into the tournament because of all the hard work that we put in.

“The guys are well prepared, but we know there is still a lot of work to be done.”

Kolbe and his Stormers teammate Juan de Jongh are two of the 15-man stars that made the final cut for coach Neil Powell’s Olympic squad.

Others, like Bryan Habana and regular Sevens players weren’t as lucky.

Kolbe admits that it was tough when some of his mates were cut from the squad, but adds that the team will use this as fuel to go for gold in Brazil.

He says: “It was devastating, it’s not nice seeing your brothers that didn’t make the team.

“But it will also be motivation for us – the guys that didn’t make the team, to play for them because they could’ve been in the situation where we are now.”

And “the situation” is the highlight of Kolbe’s career to date.

Just being there is already history, with Sevens being played at the Olympic Games for the first time ever.

The South Africans can create further history by becoming the first team ever to grab gold in this event.

Kolbe, who has not yet earned an international cap for the Springboks, adds: “It’s probably number one [in terms of my achievements] at this moment.

“There is no better competition than this and it’s the highlight of my whole career.”

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