Mapimpi is Boks’ Big Success Story
On Saturday afternoon, barely minutes after South Africa had won the Rugby World Cup in Japan, SA Rugby magazine’s Jon Cardinelli published a piece describing Makazole Mapimpi as the Springboks’ most-improved player over the past two years.
He wrote: “Siya Kolisi and Rassie Erasmus often go out of their way to remind the media and public about how far Mapimpi has come.
“Kolisi, whose own rags-to-riches story is well documented, understands how difficult it is to beat the system and embrace a completely different language and culture. Erasmus, who has over two decades of experience in the South African system as a player and coach, knows how difficult it is to make the step up after the age of 25.
“Mapimpi’s rise has been particularly remarkable in these respects. On Saturday, the former Border centre became the first South African to score a try in the World Cup final. That five-pointer boosted his tally for the tournament to six.” [We have detailed how that try came about on page two – Ed.]
Cardinelli continues: “What was more impressive, and perhaps more significant in terms of the contest, was Mapimpi’s showing under the high ball.
“Erasmus reiterated after the game that the wing ‘couldn’t catch a ball’ when he first arrived at the Boks in June 2018. In the 2019 World Cup final, however, Mapimpi’s anticipation and ability to pluck the pill from the sky allowed the Boks to make some important territorial gains."
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