Springboks captain Siya Kolisi makes highly-anticipated Racing 92 debut
There might not be a bigger name in rugby right now than Siya Kolisi. After leading the Springboks to another Rugby World Cup crown, the flanker fits the bill as a genuine rockstar of the sport.
Thousands of fans watched on in awe on Sunday evening as Kolisi made his highly-anticipated debut for Racing 92 at Paris La Defence Arena against French juggernauts La Rochelle.
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It was a historic night for so many reasons.
With the World Cup coming to a thrilling end last month as the Boks defeated the All Blacks, the focus of the rugby world quickly shifted to the ongoing European seasons.
Days turned into weeks as anticipation continued to build for Kolisi’s first appearance in the iconic sky blue and white jersey of Racing 92. Well, rugby fans, wait no more.
The match got off to a roaring start with Argentinian Juan Imhoff opening the scoring after just five minutes. While La Rochelle hit back with a penalty shortly after, it was all one-way traffic from there.
Racing scored 10 unanswered points to round out the half, and to make things worse for Ronan O’Gara’s side, wing Teddy Thomas was sent off with just under 15 minutes to play. Hooker Pierre Bourgarit was also shown a yellow card shortly after.
La Rochelle cut down the lead just after the break with a try to Yoan Tanga Mangene, but it was far from a sign of things to come.
The red card was the major talking point as Racing shot up to first place on the Top 14 standings with an emphatic bonus-point win.
As for Kolisi, the Springboks captain played more than 50 minutes before making way for Max Baudonne. The flanker ran the ball for 21 metres and made five tackles as well.