Just three years ago, Makazole Mapimpi was still playing first division rugby for the Border Bulldogs.
And he was elated about that, as provincial recognition came after years of excelling on the club scene.
He got his big break in 2014, under difficult circumstances, as the Border Rugby Union had been declared bankrupt.
The Border side had to pick amateur club players, and they probably wouldn’t have banked on Mapimpi making such an immense impact.
Along with Lukhanyo Am, Mapimpi eventually got a taste of Super Rugby with the Southern Kings in 2016, and they would be reunited in 2018 at the Sharks.