The national side, which was playing under the Goshawks banner, pushed the South African provincial side all the way with a solid second half display and with a bit of luck could have won the match.
The dreadlocked speedster, who starred on his return to the XVs format of the game after a lengthy absence, said the team’s performance, had shown that they could hold their own against the best.
“I think we did very well against a well-organised professional side from South Africa. We had a side that had been together in camp for less than a week so trying to get the combinations right was a bit of a challenge, which is why we struggled a bit in the first half.
“We played much better rugby in the second half and with a bit of luck we could have won the match. This was definitely good preparation for the Africa Cup, but we need to polish up our scrum work because without the ball it will be difficult,” said Mbanje.