Makazole Mapimpi may have gotten a glimpse of just how high his star has risen when the Springboks made a stop in East London on Saturday.
The winger hails from Tsholomnqa, just 52km outside the city, and played a decent chunk of his rugby for the local Border Bulldogs, as well as Mdantsane-based club, Winter Rose.
He may have been familiar with his surroundings, but not so much the reception he would get.
On top of the chants and screams from the East Londoners who turned out to see the national heroes up close, one woman decided to throw her bra at Mapimpi.
Watch Makazole Mapimpi fields a bra in East London
abantu base monti 😭 pic.twitter.com/UJj2Tj3WG6— a pimp named slickback (@ky_cola) November 9, 2019
Mapimpi was one of the standout players throughout the Rugby World Cup in Japan, bagging six tries to finish as the second leading try-scorer behind Wales’ Josh Adams.
Perhaps his most important came in the final against England, as he became the first Springbok to score in the final.
Quizzed about the try in East London, he said his main focus during the game was to win the big prize for South Africa.
“I was thinking about winning the world cup as a team, [the try], it’s a bonus for me. I was excited to hear that after the game,” said Mapimpi.Makazole Mapimpi
The try came through brilliant interplay between himself and centre Lukhanyo Am, who also hails from the region.
The Sharks man is from King Williams Town, just 60km outside East London.
Am said representing the Springboks was a dream come true.
“As a rugby player, I used to wish and hope that one day I could play rugby at the best level that I could reach. I always gave myself a chance that I could reach this stage,” said Am.Lukhanyo Am
The Springboks victory parade moved to Port Elizabeth on Sunday, and will conclude in Cape Town on Monday.