At the moment it is Siya Kolisi’s world and we are just living in it after the Springboks captain made a successful start to life in the Top 14 with Racing 92 as his side downed La Rochelle 32-10 at home on Sunday.
Kolisi finally made his Racing debut in Paris after signing for the team before the Rugby World Cup. However, after South Africa defended their title, the skipper was caught up in celebrations as he paraded the William Webb Ellis Cup around the country.
What followed was a short trip to the USA for a Kolisi Foundation fundraiser before the decorated leader linked up with the squad where last week he could be seen with Chelsea captain Reece James in the stands.
Racing 92 were out of the blocks brilliantly through two first-half tries by Juan Imhoff and Antoine Gibert to go with a penalty try and points from the boot of Nolann Le Garrec. Only in the second period did La Rochelle get over the line through Yoan Tanga with Frenchman Antoine Hastoy adding a conversion and a penalty to round out their scoring.
During the latter stages of the game, after Kolisi had been replaced, he could be seen jumping around on the touchline with excitement as his teammates supported the on-field stars.
🔵 Siya Kolisi celebrates a bonus-point win on his Racing 92 debut.pic.twitter.com/u7JHHhieap
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) November 26, 2023
Fortunately for the South African superstar, his team did hold on to claim a solid win against the two-time European Champions, a result which will leave La Rochelle boss Ronan O’Gara much to think about.
For Kolisi, it was off to the stands to thank the fans and he did so in typical fashion as the Springbok jumped and chanted with his new supporters.
— Racing 92 (@racing92) November 26, 2023
It is fair to say that he is settling in just fine in the country’s capital and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season in a new league.