Kolisi determined to regain best form

Date published: August 18 2014

Western Province flanker Siya Kolisi is determined to regain his best form in this year's Currie Cup tournament.

Western Province flanker Siya Kolisi is determined to regain his best form in this year's Currie Cup tournament.

First Siya Kolisi struggled to scale the heights of the previous two seasons in this year's Super Rugby tournament, and then he failed to crack the nod for South Africa's squad for the Rugby Championship.

Despite this, you'd struggle to find a player more motivated than him.

“To be back in the starting line-up after spending a lot of time on the bench for the Stormers is great,” Kolisi told Western Province's official website.

“It will help me regain my confidence.

Kolisi spent five of the Stormers' last seven matches on the substitutes' bench. However, falling slightly down the pecking order helped him demonstrate his impressive character.

Rather than sulk, he proved to be a good team man.

“Yes, it was frustrating, but at the same time I knew I hadn't been playing well,” he added.

“You also have to play the guys who are in form. I was never negative and knew the situation was in the team's best interests.

“My confidence was low and the guys ahead of me were doing a really good job.”

When asked why he suffered a dip in form Kolisi said: “I didn't start well in the first game against the Lions and then my confidence just went.

“Suddenly, the things I normally did just didn't seem to work. My form dipped and I retreated into my shell,” he says.

“I must add that I always had complete support from my team-mates and the coaches. They always backed me.”

Schalk Burger's move to Japan and Duane Vermeulen's call-up to the Springbok squad has paved the way for Kolisi to enter the Currie Cup with a place in the Western Province starting line-up.

He is tasked with the role of openside flank. His colleagues in an exciting loose trio are Michael Rhodes, on the blindside, and Nizaam Carr at number eight.

“It's a very exciting combination,” said Kolisi of the back row combination.

“Nizaam and I have played together since our younger days and we have to hit our groove straight away. I also know Michael Rhodes well. We complement each other nicely.

“Nizaam is very skilful. You have to give him time on the ball and I can always run support lines off him because he runs great angles.

“Mikey is the hard guy who gets us over the gainline. I'll be the grafter cleaning the rucks to try to win the ball back. I'll also try to do the best I can defensively.”

For Kolisi, it was disappointing to miss out on selection for the latest Bok squad, but not entirely unexpected.

“More than anything, I'm disappointed in myself,” he said.

“It's up to you as a player and I feel I didn't do enough to be there. I understand why I haven't made it and I want to push myself to get back there.”