Border’s star peformer Makazole Mapimpi hopes to earn a Super Rugby opportunity in the near future.
Border struggled during this year’s Vodacom Cup, losing all of their opening six league fixtures. However, they ended the competition on a winning note, beating Boland 29-5 in front of a home crowd in Alice.
The main inspiration behind this win was 24-year-old wing Makazole Mapimpi, who hails from East London.
Mapimpi scored a personal haul of 24 points, grabbing a hat-trick of tries and kicking three conversions and a penalty.
Mapimpi was delighted with the team’s performance.
“The team really came together against Boland. We were determined to end the Vodacom Cup with a positive performance,” Mapimpi told MyPlayers.co.za.
“While we did lose all our games before last weekend’s match, our performances weren’t all disappointing. We proved to be competitive during our defeats against the EP Kings (27-17), Griquas (37-25) and Free State (14-10).
“We knew we weren’t far off from a win, and followed through with that determination against Boland.”
Individually, Mapimpi was happy to make a valuable contribution.
“This has been an interesting season for me as the coach experimented me at wing and centre. This was a good experience for me as I learned how to play in both positions, and hopefully, I can offer the team versatility going into the Currie Cup,” said Mapimpi.
The player added that he hopes that he can attract Super Rugby attention in the near future.
“I’ve made good strides since I started my rugby career with the Border U19s in 2009. I didn’t play any provincial rugby at school, so I had to adapt quickly coming through the ranks,” explained Mapimpi.
“I played my first year of senior rugby for Border last year. I played in the Vodacom Cup and Currie Cup First Division. I learned a lot, and I hope to build on that experience.
“My big dream is to play Super Rugby one day. I believe I’m good enough. With the Kings playing Super Rugby next season, I hope they look at their neighbour unions [SWD and Border] for talent to build their squad. There are plenty of guys who would be worthy of the opportunity.”