'An outstanding player': Mapimpi's record speaks for itself
REACTION: Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber has praised wing Makazole Mapimpi for his try-scoring heroics against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Mapimpi scored two tries, one in each half, to help the Boks to a 30-15 win on Saturday.
Those tries mean Mapimpi has scored against every Test-playing nation he has played against and his tally currently stands at 19 tries from 24 Tests.
“He is an outstanding player,” Nienaber told reporters after the match.
“He scored two great tries and he has is scored against every team he has faced.
“Looking at the work he does in training, he is working really hard on his game and to improve his skill-set.”
⚡ This guy surely knows his way to the try-line! Full match highlights: https://t.co/F7NUiw4oDb#StrongerTogether #StrongerForever #SCOvRSA pic.twitter.com/Utjd0fRzK4
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Just doing his job
As a wing, Mapimpi said he is simply doing his job out wide.
“It’s a good feeling to have the ball in my hands and to have opportunities to finish,” said the 31-year-old.
“It’s my job to finish. We are trying to analyse teams and see if we can attack from things like turnovers.”
Mapimpi’s second try came via a neat offload from Damian de Allende which caught the wing by surprise.
“It was an awesome offload,” Mapimpi added.
“I didn’t expect it. My eyes were on Damian as well, so I just had to switch them [to gather the ball].”
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