Should Sanele Nohamba be in the Springbok conversion

Sanele Nohamba on his way to the tryline against the Bulls. Photo: URC.

Did Nohamba just enter the Springbok chat?

Sanele Nohamba scored 24 points in the Lions’ shock 29-25 win over the Bulls. Does that add him to the conversation for Springbok selection?

Should Sanele Nohamba be in the Springbok conversion

Sanele Nohamba on his way to the tryline against the Bulls. Photo: URC.

Scrumhalf Sanele Nohamba racked up 24 points in the Lions’ shock 29-25 victory over the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday. Does that mean he is now in the conversation for Springbok selection?

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At the beginning of his career, the 24-year-old was often endorsed for higher honours. And for a while, he was right on track to turn that into a reality. But Nohamba’s development at the Sharks hit a snag when he fell down the pecking order behind the likes of Jaden Hendrikse and Grant Williams.

He went through a few tumultuous months in Durban before ultimately signing for the Lions with the hope of reviving his career at Ellis Park.

Since his move, Nohamba has been ‘steady Eddie’ begin the Lions pack. But produced a breakthrough performance at his new team, when they played against the Bulls at Loftus in Pretoria over the weekend.

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Scoring a try, while also knocking over two conversions and five penalties, Nohamba showcased his full bag of tricks to lead the Lions to a riveting victory.

The Lions were actually outscored by four tries to two, but Nohamba’s boot proved the difference between the sides and that glittering display earned him URC Player of the Weekend award.

When asked for comment after the game, he said: “It’s always special to play at Loftus. There’s a lot of history behind this stadium, so it’s really good. The Bulls are a quality side, they put us under pressure.

“We hadn’t beaten a South African side, so it was really good to put one over on one. The boys are just really proud about that.”

Can Nohamba be considered a Springbok bolter?

As the saying goes: One swallow does not make a summer. So, it would be unrealistic to except Nohamba to waltz into the Springbok set-up after one top-notch performance.

But if he does continue on this upward trajectory, say for the remainder of the season, does he then enter the fray for the Springboks?



Rugby Championship:

✈ 8 July: South Africa vs Australia (Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria)

✈ 15 July: South Africa vs New Zealand (Venue and time TBC)

✈ 29 July: Springboks vs Argentina (Ellis Park, Johannesburg)

World Cup warm-ups:

✈ 5 August: South Africa vs Argentina (Vélez Stadium, Buenos Aires)

✈ 19 August: Springboks vs Wales (Millennium Stadium, Cardiff)

✈ 25 August: South Africa vs New Zealand (Twickenham Stadium, London)

Rugby World Cup:

✈ 10 September: South Africa vs Scotland (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille) 

✈ 17 September: Springboks vs Romania (Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux) 

✈ 23 September: South Africa vs Ireland (Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris) 

✈ 1 October: Springboks vs Tonga (Stade Vélodrome, Marseille)

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Quarter-finals sequence of play is as follows:
QF 1 — Winner Pool C vs Runner up Pool D
QF 2 — Winner Pool B vs Runner up Pool A
QF 3 — Winner Pool D vs Runner up Pool C
QF 4 — Winner Pool A vs Runner up Pool B

Semi-finals sequence of play is as follows:
SF 1 — Winner QF1 v Winner QF2
SF 2 — Winner QF3 v Winner QF4

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Third place playoff:
Loser SF 1 vs Loser SF 2

World Cup final:
Winner SF 1 vs Winner SF 2

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Prospective Springbok Sanele Nohamba in action for SA A
Sanele Nohamba is all smiles. Photo: Gallo Images.