After scoring the Springboks’ solitary try against England on Saturday, Mapimpi has how recorded a remarkable 20 tries in 25 Tests.
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He has reached that mark faster than legendary wing Bryan Habana (who reached that total in 27 Tests), with Mapimpi continuing to cement his status as one of the most lethal finishers in world rugby.
Last weekend, the 31-year-old was once again one of the Springboks’ stars of the show against Scotland, scoring a brace of tries.
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Coming into that clash at Murrayfield, the speedster had scored a try against every Test team he played against – except Scotland, but he quickly set that record straight.
In the final Test of the year for the Boks, Mapimpi continued his sensational try-scoring form as he finished off a well-worked try, albeit in a losing cause as England ultimately snatched victory at the death.
“It’s a good feeling to have the ball in my hand and when I’m handed opportunities to finish something off,” Mapimpi said recently.
“But it’s my job too. There’s a real desire from us to strike as much as possible (on attack). We do a lot of analysis on teams and some instances (like this match) it’s about attacking from a turnover.”
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber once again raved about the impact of Mapimpi, who has become such a deadly finisher out wide.
“Makazole is an outstanding player. He scored two glittering tries. He’s doing that against every team he faces. If you look at the work he does off the ball and in training, it’s amazing. He just works so hard on his whole game.
“His skill-set just keeps developing and improving, not just his finishing.”