Springboks hopeful scores one of the solo tries of the year
After a barnstorming season with the Bulls in the United Rugby Championship last season, one of the shock omissions from South Africa’s squad for the series against Wales was winger Madosh Tambwe.
This actually resulted in quite a confusing episode, whereby Jacques Nienaber said that the 25-year-old, born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was not eligible to play for the Springboks. He said: “Madosh is not (eligible). He is not a South African citizen, and until he gets citizenship, he’s not (eligible). Same with the two Tshituka brothers (Lions loose forwards Vincent and Emmanuel). There’s a lot of speculation about Madosh, the Tshituka brothers… the reason why they can’t get selected is because they are not South African citizens. They need to get citizenship.”
A bizarre scenario ensued, where the winger claimed he did have a South African passport. Nevertheless, he was not picked and he made the move to the Top 14 to play for Bordeaux Begles. Whether he is eligible for the Boks or not is not clear, what is clear is that he is playing at an elite level, and the try he scored against ASM Clermont Auvergne on Saturday shows that.
The winger scored one of the solo tries of the year in his side’s draw at the Stade Marcel Michelin. After receiving the ball on Clermont’s 22 line, there did not look like there was much Tambwe could do, but a perfectly weighted chip over opposing winger Alivereti Raka meant he only had to leap over fly-half Anthony Belleau to gather the ball and score. It was easily one of the best finishes of the year, done at full pace. He even threw in a sidestep over the line to get under the posts.
The draw leaves Bordeaux in tenth place in the league.
Take a look at the try: