While he resumed competition shortly after several months of absence, Cheslin Kolbe took an uncompromising look at his first outing under the colors of Toulon but intends to learn lessons to find his best level.
The Toulon supporters were impatiently awaiting this. On the occasion of the victory of the RCT against the Zebre in the Challenge Cup, Cheslin Kolbe made his debut in his new colors but, despite a relatively disappointing performance, the South African assured in an interview with the local daily Var-Matin that he is simply satisfied with having found the ground again. » I was just happy to be back on the pitch after four months away due to my knee injury, said the South African international winger. I waited a long time before I could play again. I haven’t exactly evolved to the new one I want to be, but the more I play with the team the more I will improve. “Admitting that, against the Italians, he did not achieve his best match, Cheslin Kolbe concedes that he has to find his place in the Toulon collective and learn its inner workings. » The good thing is that I can rectify immediately what went wrong in training., says the former Toulousain. Nothing happens without a reason and I think coming back from an injury will make me stronger. «
Kolbe does not regret having left Toulouse
Asked whether he had felt any discomfort or apprehension in his affected left knee during a training session with South Africa last September, Cheslin Kolbe did not hide anything. “I felt good, assures the 2019 world champion with the Springboks. When you replay after an injury, you always dread the first tackle and you have little to injure yourself again. But I was confident about the job done. « With » 80 minutes in the legs « , Cheslin Kolbe assures wanting to build on this first match. Asked about having left Toulouse for Toulon, the native of Kraaifontein assures that it is « without regret », he who wanted to « set another challenge and not stay in comfort » with the champion of Europe and France last season. Toulon debuts which were marked by a change of coach with the arrival of Franck Azéma in place of Patrice Collazo. If he could not work with the latter, Cheslin Kolbe notes that « with Franck Azéma, the guys are happy, which is the most important ». If he assures that the RCT can finish in the top six of the standings, the South African assures that « it is useless to focus on the Top 6 but just on the next match ».