Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi Receives Praise for Act of Good Sportsmanship in Sharks Vs Stormers Game

Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi Receives Praise for Act of Good Sportsmanship in Sharks Vs Stormers Game

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
  • Darling Springbok captain Siya Kolisi showed why he is regarded as the "good guy" of South Africa rugby
  • The Sharks loose forward, recently the winner of the South African Rugby Player of the Year Award for 2021, displayed good sportsmanship against the Stormers
  • There was an outpouring of admiration and praise for Kolisi on social media with readers believing he's a rarity in sport

Mzansi rugby social media had nothing but praise for Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi after his fine display of sportsmanship last weekend.

During the Cell C Sharks and DHL Stormers United Rugby Championship match on Saturday, he showed he chose honesty with his team on the try line. Kolisi made a sporting admission the equivalent of a batter "walking" in cricket when he told referee Marius van der Westhuizen, "I'm held up," over the try line.

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Siya Kolisi mingles with fans after a game and poses with his SA Rugby Player of the Year award. Images: Ian MacNicol/@SharksRugby, Getty Images/Twitter
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As reported on Sport24, the game ended 22-22 when the Stormers were awarded a late penalty try following Aphelele Fassi's failed interception attempt, which was deemed to have denied the visitors a clear try-scoring opportunity.

Rugby fans waxed lyrical about Kolisi's gesture.

John Olivier said:

"A prime example of a true gentleman of the game of rugby."

Jonathan Kelsey said:

"He’s a legend of a man and captain, and also one of the best players in the world in his position right now. Siya, absolute respect, sir."

Dittmar Eichhoff said:

"Kolisi is such an example of sportsmanship and human-ness."

Andrew Kgasago said:

"They don't make them like this any more. Well done, captain."

Jan Coetzee said:

"This is called integrity. Something which is in short supply in sport these days. Well done our captain! Proud of you!"

Heidi Smit said:

"Gotta love this guy! Respect, Siya Kolisi."

Springbok captain and Sharks flanker Siya Kolisi sends message to bullied boy Alfie Pugsley in heartfelt video

Reigning South African Rugby Player of the Year Siya Kolisi showed that he really is one of the good guys on and off the pitch recently.

As reported on Sports Brief, the world cup-winning Springbok captain was one of many leading rugby players and personalities who rallied to Alfie Pugsley's side after he was bullied on social media.

The bruising Sharks flanker shared a video motivating video to the the 12-year-old Welsh prop, encouraging him to not give doubters the time of day and focus on improving as player and enjoying himself.

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