LEADER: Siya Kolisi must step up to the plate
Don't be fooled by the seeming glimmer of sunshine breaking through the gloom at Newlands - the storm could be breaking soon.

After Robbie Fleck and his manne got a meisie pak at Loftus in the opening Super Rugby game of the season, they got back to winning ways, with victories over the Lions and Sharks before going on a break.

The upturn in form, though, may just be self-preservation for a union in turmoil.

Already, the Western Province bosses have made the move to name John Dobson as Robbie Fleck’s successor from next season.

At least that can be said to be in place, with the role of director of rugby still up in the air with Gert Smal set to leave at the end of the season.

With the rumours still going around that former defence coach Paul Treu might be handed Smal’s reins, things will look very different in the coaching department - not to mention the trokvol players leaving at the end of the season.

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Treu is said to be rather unpopular. But that is only next year’s problems.

This season’s problems though could resurface as the Stormers play their first game since their bye last week against the Jaguares at Newlands tonight.

It’s a big game for someone who is suddenly not so popular as captain with a crucial four-match tour on the horizon.

I’ve heard from sources close to the squad that Siya Kolisi is not getting the sort of backing he should and that the players are divided over whether he should be the man leading the team.

Kolisi has been rather reluctant in taking up the mantle as a leader of men and he has admitted as much when talking about his role as Springbok skipper.

It’s obviously a massive responsibility to captain the Boks and that is not even mentioning the fact that he is also the first black man to be in the role.

His ascendency to that rank is down to his inspirational play and being the figurehead of a more transformed-looking Bok team that will be going to the World Cup this year.

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And whether he wants to be the captain when the national team goes to Japan in September is really not his decision anymore.

He will be letting down not just Bok fans, but the many new black fans looking at the team if he was to make the call to give up the armband.

For Kolisi, this Super Rugby tour Down Under could be the making of the man.

Last season, he admitted that his form had suffered as he struggled under the weight of the legacy of Francois Pienaar and John Smit.

And with a Stormers squad with many stars having one foot out of the door, his ability to pull them together is going to be tested to the point that his national-team role will also come into question.

He has never been known for making the best calls on the field and you often see other players talking to the referee.

Whether he is really the man to captain this team remains to be seen.

He is talented, he is proud, but whether the ambition is there is the question, with him and so many of his teammates eyeing the exit door.

What they all need to do, and this where Siya needs to prove his worth and fulfil his duty, is to focus on the here and now and try to do the best for Stormers or fail to leave a lasting legacy.

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