Cheslin Kolbe’s jet shoes caught the eye in SA’s opening 23-13 Rugby World Cup Pool B loss to New Zealand in Yokohama on Saturday, providing an “X-factor” that bamboozled even the world’s best defensive line.

The diminutive Springbok may not have the power of other wings in the competition, but he possesses pace to burn, a wicked sidestep, accuracy under the high ball and bravery on defence that belies his relatively small frame.

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