Springbok skipper Siya Kolisi admitted that he had been nervous after he tasted victory in his first game for French side Racing 92 who beat Heineken Cup holders La Rochelle 32-10 on the weekend.

The win sees Kolisi’s side move to the summit of the Top14 table.

Speaking after the game Kolisi admitted that he had been nervous in the build up to the game, conscious that he needed to deliver a performance that matched his reputation.

“I was quite nervous before the game because your reputation and all that you do can only take you so far,” he said.

“The guys only respect you by what you do on the field and that’s what I wanted to do, play well and add value with what I do on the field.

“It’s going to be tough for me to stamp my authority but I’m going to give my best,” he said.

Racing’s task was made slightly easier than expected after La Rochelle were forced to play for 50 minutes with 14 men after winger Teddy Thomas received a red card.