‘Hungry’ Springboks hopeful targets big impact from the Stormers bench

Dylan Coetzee
Sacha Feinburg-Mngomezulu scores for the Stormers.

Sacha Feinburg-Mngomezulu scores for the Stormers.

Stormers playmaker Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu is looking to make his mark on the Capetonians’ season after returning from injury against the Dragons last time out.

The former Junior Springboks skipper had a sensational comeback as he bagged a quick-fire brace in 10 minutes, powering the Stormers to a much-needed bonus point win.

A full house of points in that clash puts them in a strong position to qualify for the playoffs which will be achieved if they beat Connacht in Galway this weekend.

Handed tries

Feinberg-Mngomezulu is delighted to be back and credited his teammates for playing him in for the double at Rodney Parade.

“I was honestly so happy to be out there with my teammates again,” Feinberg-Mngomezulu said. “When I first came on the field and went to the huddle I felt a sense of gratitude and I just wanted to make the most of the opportunity.

“Thanks to some class players around me, I was handed two tries! I loved getting on and contributing in that short space of time.”

The young star’s season has been stop-start due to a couple of injuries but the versatile back insists that he used his time on the sidelines productively.

“I’ve had a couple of injuries now and I know that the time off the field can be used positively to prepare for what’s to come instead of sulking about what’s happened,” he said.

“Making a conscious decision to use my rehab time wisely is what helped me get back focused and hungry for the most important part of the season.”

The focus for the Stormers is to get over the line at Connacht but, for Feinberg-Mngomezulu, the goal of getting Cape Town smiling is not lost on him and the 22-year-old underlined how important that is for the squad.

“Regardless of where we are in the season, we all want to make a positive impact,” he said. “This project means so much more to us than people know – from our coaches, to backroom staff, to the people who get public transport into Cape Town to watch our game.

“So myself and the other boys will be hungry to make a positive impact at this crucial part of the season.”

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Challenge up north

The Stormers have struggled in the north this season with their four-game tour resulting in four losses – a stretch they are still paying for on the league table.

However, that was during winter and the weather is improving. While that suits the Stormers, Feinberg-Mngomezulu believes they are ready to go regardless of the weather.

“I’m not shy to say that we love moving the ball around so warmer conditions are nice,” he said.

“With that being said, we have an extremely hungry and physical pack that isn’t shy to get down and dirty. We have a world-class flyhalf in Manie Libbok, who is capable of putting teams under pressure with his boot, so we just want to get on the field – come rain or shine.”

The Stormer understands his role as an impact player and is raring to go in finding ways to change the game when introduced.

“I’ve earned many Stormers caps off the bench so I understand my role in trying to make an impact. That’s been my main focus, coming on and making positive contributions to the game taking the team forward,” he added.

“My energy off the bench is a controllable so I’m trying to be consistent in that, week in and week out.”

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