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Sunday, May 19, 2024

RSA 76-0 ROU: South Africa reaction (Mapimpi, captain Mbonambi, head coach Nienaber)


Makazole Mapimpi, Mastercard Player of the Match

On the crowd:

“Thanks for the South African support, we appreciate that. I see you guys behind us all the time.”

On the game:

“We prepared for the rain – we knew it was coming – but the only thing we spoke about was the physicality. We needed to bring it. I don’t put myself in front (first), it’s all about the team. It’s not about me walking over to score the tries. A lot of guys did well – André [Esterhuizen], Willie [Le Roux] – and I appreciate their work.”

Bongi Mbonambi, captain

On keeping up the intensity after securing the try bonus point early:

“We just kept it simple, we stick to our plan, we kept it tight, because all respect to Romania – they’re tough in contact, full of pride and we knew it was going to be difficult.”

On leading the team out in a Rugby World Cup:

“It’s a milestone in my career but it’s never about one person in this team – we’re all doing it for the Springbok jersey.”

Jacques Nienaber, head coach

On how happy he is:

“I’m especially happy with a couple of things we tried. The three different hookers that we used – I thought that paid off. Then Faf [de Klerk] got some exposure at 10 – so I thought a lot of things that we wanted to get out of the game, we got.”

On nine games with just two tries conceded:

“This team has always prided themselves on their defence so extremely happy.”

On the game against Ireland next week:

“You must always enjoy rugby. We do it because it’s fun and we love it. But knowing it’s a six-day turnaround [from this match] it will be controlled enjoyment, then from tomorrow we’ll start working.”


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