Coach: Springbok Flyer Makazole Mapimpi Is the Best Number 11 in World Rugby After Hattrick Against Lions

Coach: Springbok Flyer Makazole Mapimpi Is the Best Number 11 in World Rugby After Hattrick Against Lions

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • Rugby World Cup hero Makazole Mapimpi is the world's best left winger, according to Cell C Sharks coach Sean Everitt
  • The Springbok flyer scored a hat-trick as the Sharks saw off the Sigma Lions in a high-scoring battle on Saturday at Ellis Park
  • Sharks and Springbok teammate, outside centre Lukhanyo Am, received the same glowing praise from Everitt

Springboks and Cell C Sharks left wing Makazole Mapimpi was once again the toast of town after his impressive showing in the United Rugby Championship.

Mapimpi put the Sigma Lions to the sword on Saturday at Ellis Park, scoring a hat-trick of tries as the visitors from Durban ran out 47-37 in an entertaining affair.

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Makazole Mapimpi with his Sharks and Springboks teammate Lukhanyo Am. Images: Lefty Shivambu and The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images
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Sharks coach Sean Everitt believes that Mapimpi, scorer of a famous try in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, was the best player in the world in his position, according to News24. He also gave the same glowing praise to Mapimpi's Sharks and Bok teammate Lukhanyo Am at outside centre.

Everitt said:

"You've got to think he's the best left-wing in the world. We talk about Cheslin Kolbe, but every time Mapimpi plays, he gets over the chalk, regardless of the level he plays at. Lukhanyo Am has been superb and probably the best 13 in the world and it's great they can perform like that for their franchise.

South Africans will remember with fondness the moment Am passed the ball selflessly to Mapimpi in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final against England, with the strike-man scoring to edge the Boks closer to the William Webb Ellis trophy.

In other United Rugby Championship news, the DHL Stormers upset the Vodacom Bulls 30-26 in a tense encounter at Loftus Versfeld, the Tshwane side's first home defeat since March 2020, according to SA Rugby Magazine.

Andre Esterhuizen sounds Springbok warning after man-of-the-match performance

With Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am being viewed favourably as the best on earth, Andre Esterhuizen is looking to play alongside them again at international level.

As reported on Sports Brief, the red-hot inside centre received his third consecutive Man of the Match award as his team, the Harlequins, defeated the formidable Exeter Chiefs in England's Premiership.

Esterhuizen last played for the Springboks just before the 2019 Rugby World Cup and has had to watch from out in the cold as the green-and-gold conquer all comers.

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