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Makazole Mapimpi

Makazole Mapimpi
Date of birth (1990-07-26) 26 July 1990 (age 30)
Place of birthMdantsane, South Africa
Height1.84 m (6 ft  in)
Weight91 kg (201 lb; 14 st 5 lb)
SchoolJim Mvabasa SS School, King William's Town
Rugby union career
Position(s) Winger / Centre
Current team Sharks
Youth career
2009 Border Bulldogs
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014-2016 Border Bulldogs 54 (149)
2017 Southern Kings 14 (55)
2017-2018 Free State Cheetahs 6 (35)
2017-2018 Cheetahs 13 (50)
2018-present Sharks 26 (45)
2018 Sharks XV 1 (0)
Correct as of 7 July 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017 South Africa 'A' 1 (5)
2018-present South Africa 14 (70)
Correct as of 3 November 2019

Makazole Drex Mapimpi (born (1990-07-26)26 July 1990) is a South African professional rugby union player for the South Africa national team and the Sharks in Super Rugby. He usually plays as a winger.[1] He was part of the winning Springboks of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan and scored a late try against England in the final.

Career

Youth

As a child, he grew up in the Tsholomnqa village.[2] In 2009, Mapimpi was a member of the Border U19 team.

Border Bulldogs

He was one of several amateur club players brought into the Border Bulldogs provincial set-up at the start of 2014 after the professional side was declared bankrupt.[3] He was included in their squad for the 2014 Vodacom Cup competition and made his debut in their opening match against a Sharks XV. Border lost the match 24-46, but Mapimpi marked his first class debut with a try shortly after half-time.[4] He also started in their 6-60 loss to Eastern Cape rivals Eastern Province Kings[5] and their next match against Kenyan invitational side Simba XV, scoring the Border Bulldogs' second try in that match to help them to an 18-17 win, their only victory of the competition.[6] He also started the remaining four matches in the competition, scoring his third try of the campaign in their match against the SWD Eagles,[7] as the Border Bulldogs finished bottom of the log.

He was retained for their 2014 Currie Cup qualification campaign and he made his debut in the Currie Cup competition by starting their opening-day 5-52 defeat to Griquas.[8] He missed their next match against the Boland Cavaliers,[9] before starting their other four matches in the competition. However, the Border Bulldogs lost all six of their matches to finish bottom of the log and qualified to the 2014 Currie Cup First Division. Mapimpi once again started all five of their matches, including their first match against the Falcons, which turned out to be the Border Bulldogs' only victory of the season as they ran out 19-14 winners.[10] He scored tries in consecutive matches against the SWD Eagles[11] and a Leopards side that eventually finished top of the log[12] but could not prevent the Bulldogs from finished bottom of the log with a single win all season.

Mapimpi returned in the 2015 Vodacom Cup, but ended up on the losing side in their first six matches in the seven-match competition. Mapimpi was the star performer in their final match of the season against the Boland Cavaliers in Alice;[13] he scored a hat-trick of tries and, with regular kicker Masixole Banda unavailable for this match, also took over the kicking duties and slotted three conversions and a penalty. He finished the match with a personal haul of 24 points in the Border Bulldogs' 29-5 victory to help them overtake the Boland Cavaliers on the Southern Section log.[14]

He also scored a try three minutes from the end of the Border Bulldogs' first match of the 2015 Currie Cup qualification tournament, with his side causing an upset by beating Griquas - the team that won the qualification tournament in 2014 to earn a spot in the 2014 Currie Cup Premier Division - 20-13 in a match played in East London.

Free State Cheetahs

In April 2017, the Free State Cheetahs announced that they contracted Mapimpi until the end of the 2018 season.[15]

Springbok

He made his test debut for the Springboks on 2 June 2018 against Wales in Washington, D.C. at the age of 27 years.

He was in the team that won the 2019 Rugby World Cup under the leadership of Siya Kolisi, where he scored 6 tries including two in the 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter final match against Japan in a 26-3 victory.[16] and one in the final against England. Mapimpi is the first player in the history of Springboks to score a try in a Rugby World Cup final. The previous Springboks World Cup wins were without tries.

Test Match Record

As of 3 November 2019
Against P W D L Tri Pts %Won
 Argentina 3 2 0 1 3 15 66.67
 Australia 2 1 0 1 1 5 50
 England 1 1 0 0 1 5 100
 Italy 1 1 0 0 1 5 100
 Japan 2 2 0 0 5 25 100
 Namibia 1 1 0 0 2 10 100
 New Zealand 2 0 1 1 0 0 0
 Wales 2 1 0 1 1 5 50
Total 14 9 1 4 14 70 67.86

Pld = Games Played, W = Games Won, D = Games Drawn, L = Games Lost, Tri = Tries Scored, Pts = Points Scored

Test tries (14)

Tries Opposition Location Venue Competition Date Result
1  Wales Washington, D.C., United States RFK Stadium Test match 2 June 2018 Lost 34-21
2  Argentina Durban, South Africa Kings Park Stadium 2018 Rugby Championship 18 August 2018 Won 34-21
1  Australia Brisbane, Australia Suncorp Stadium 2018 Rugby Championship 8 September 2018 Lost 18-23
1  Argentina Salta, Argentina Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena 2019 Rugby Championship 10 August 2019 Won 46-13
3  Japan Kumagaya, Japan Kumagaya Rugby Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup Warm-Up match 6 September 2019 Won 41-7
2  Namibia Aichi Prefecture, Japan Toyota Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup 28 September 2019 Won 57-3
1  Italy Fukuroi, Japan Shizuoka Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup 4 October 2019 Won 49-3
2  Japan Ch?fu, Tokyo, Japan Tokyo Stadium 2019 Rugby World Cup 20 October 2019 Won 26-3
1  England Yokohama, Japan International Stadium Yokohama 2019 Rugby World Cup Final 2 November 2019 Won 32-12

References

  1. ^ "SA Rugby Player Profile - Makazole Mapimpi". South African Rugby Union. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ Press Reader[1]
  3. ^ "Bankrupt BRFU can't pay staff". Daily Dispatch. 16 January 2014. Archived from the original on 29 January 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border Bulldogs 24-46 Cell C Sharks XV". South African Rugby Union. 7 March 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Eastern Province Kings 60-6 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 15 March 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border Bulldogs 18-17 Tusker Simba XV". South African Rugby Union. 22 March 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border Bulldogs 26-40 SWD Eagles". South African Rugby Union. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  8. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - GWK Griquas 52-5 Border". South African Rugby Union. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border Bulldogs 12-37 Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  10. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border Bulldogs 19-14 Valke". South African Rugby Union. 29 August 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - SWD Eagles 31-22 Border Bulldogs". South African Rugby Union. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border Bulldogs 19-34 Leopards". South African Rugby Union. 19 September 2014. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre - Border Bulldogs 29-5 Boland Cavaliers". South African Rugby Union. 9 May 2015. Retrieved 2016.
  14. ^ "Border Star Has Super Rugby Dreams". MyPlayers. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "Vrystaat lok Kings se Mapimpi". Netwerk24 (in Afrikaans). 4 April 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  16. ^ "Match 44, Quarter Final". South African Rugby Union. 20 October 2019. Retrieved 2019.

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