Mvovo first try delight

2010-11-28 20:19

Adnaan Mohamed

London – Springbok wing Lwazi Mvovo says his first try for the Boks was a very special moment in his career and it came just at the right time in the South Africa’s 21-11 victory over England on Saturday.

The 24-year-old from Umtata in the Eastern Cape only started playing rugby at the age of 17, and said his meteoric rise to the top has come as a result of the faith put in him at the Sharks.

“To come here and win at Twickenham was something special, and to score a try was the cherry on top,” a delighted Mvovo said on Saturday.

“Ruan (Pienaar) was at the ruck. They (England) were about to turn the ball over so I was also there at the ruck to help to clean. Juan (Smith) told me to get back. I fell back and saw there was space on the left side. I just called for the ball and the gap just opened in front of me,” he explained.

“I think I scored 12 tries in the Currie Cup this year, but my 13th was quite special because scoring at that stage put our side in an advantageous position. It was one of the greatest feelings of my life. I couldn’t really describe the feeling in words. It was a very emotional moment,” he said.

The powerful Sharks winger believes it was part of England’s game plan to bombard the Bok wings with high cross kicks because they are a bit shorter than their English counterparts.

“We knew it was going to come and decided beforehand to work together as a back three to prevent them from scoring tries in this way. I think it worked for us today.”

Mvovo says a few scoring opportunities went a begging in the first half, but they managed to set the record straight in the second.

“It is all part of the game and you sometimes make mistakes. But the most important thing is how you react from making those mistakes. At the end of the day we pulled ourselves together and did what was required to win the game,” he added.


  • Gavin Bird - 2010-11-28 20:55

    This Mvovo is still going to score LOTS of tries for the Bokke! you go boy!

  • Brian - 2010-11-28 20:57

    Good one. may there be many more!!

  • brinjal - 2010-11-28 20:59

    You go you 'good thing' you!

  • Justin - 2010-11-28 21:16

    Bye bye Bryan Habana!

      BardofAvon - 2010-11-28 21:37

      Not quite, Justin. One sparrow don't make no summer!

      dribble - 2010-11-29 08:20

      anybody could have scored that try he is still useless, he wont take habana's place...he is a glorified currie cup player

      ray.romans - 2010-11-29 08:37

      @drivel, go and fish somewhere else.

      Viv - 2010-11-29 08:53

      Dribble, wipe your mouth you got a little bull$hit on your chin!! Habana is a glory boy and so desperate to take over Van de Westhuizen's title that he has thrown away far too many points for SA.

      Makutu - 2010-11-29 10:45

      Dribble... SIES!

      Preshan - 2010-11-29 10:47

      dribble is jus looking for attention, so he posted a stupid comment. Mvovo is amzing wing

      Vedder - 2010-11-29 15:13

      @dribble...either you very dumb or you are enjoying Habana's dribble?? (2ND ONE HEY)

  • me - 2010-11-28 21:58

    Finally, a wing who can side step to create something from nothing, break tackles, then get on cruise speed. Although many draw similarities to Lomu, he reminds me of that England 15 who was short, fast, good hand offs to break tackles. This kind of talent is more suitable for test rugby than those who need lots of space/ intercept to blossom.

      Makutu - 2010-11-29 07:42

      Christian Cullen was his name. But wait wait wait... Mvovo is bloody good. But Christian Cullen was just something ELSE!

      ray.romans - 2010-11-29 08:40

      Actually Makutu, Chris Cullen played fullback for the All Blacks.

      WeZo - 2010-11-29 09:04

      Jason Robinson?

      Makutu - 2010-11-29 10:20

      Ray. I know that. But thanks for the reminder. Something must have hit me on the head. He is speaking of JAson Robinshon actually. But Cullen was damn good. Short and fast!

  • dictator - 2010-11-28 22:54

    Well done Mvovo!!!!

  • Dean - 2010-11-28 23:22

    Well done Lwazi Mvovo.

  • Karoobloed - 2010-11-29 01:51

    Lwazi Mvovo, you made my Karoohart jump with joy on November 27. You seem to have the attributes to become a legend in the Springbok jersey.

  • sessisie - 2010-11-29 07:06

    Congratulations and well done!

  • Goblin11 - 2010-11-29 08:40

    Powerful runner, decent tackler, good under the high ball. Just get the ball to our wings as much as possible. He made a try from nothing, was great to watch!

  • Viv - 2010-11-29 08:51

    I would like to see a foot race between Mvovo and Habana! That would be magic! I think my money would be on Mvovo though. Well done man, you worked hard.

  • Darkie - 2010-11-29 09:23

    Well done home boy

  • D - 2010-11-29 14:32

    Two interesting lines in the story. First one reflecting on Juan Smith. He gets involved and tells Mvovo to get out and into some space. Without that Mvovo would not have been in a position to even get the ball. Its leadership like that on the field that counts, the value of experience. A few players like that who read the game and know rugby can be invaluable to younger players coming through. Mvovo would have learnt from this as well. Secondly, he says he saw space and called for the ball. There were 3 defenders not 5 metres in front of him and he almost took the ball standing still. To see a gap there must again indicate a good reading of the game, or at least unfailing belief in your own abilities. I think Mvovo is a fantastic S14 and Currie Cup player but wasnt sure about him as an international. If he sees gaps like that and possesses the ability to accelerate like he does, potentially we could have an incredible player in 2-3 seasons time. Well done Mvovo for creating something from nothing and well done Juan for having a great understanding and feeling for the game.

      me - 2010-11-29 15:20

      "will be an incredible player in 2-3 seasons"??? The guy is 24 yrs old now. Younger guys like Frans Steyn(in his early days), Lambie were/ are referred as talent to be given a chance to learn. Mvovo is a better test prospect than Habana(who needed plenty of space or an intercept to shine). Mvovo needs to learn when to pass after breaking a tackle or two as seen in the CC.

      D - 2010-11-30 13:41

      Not sure what you mean in saying hes 24 now... is that too old or still young enough? or that he is there now?

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