- The Springbok’s have lifted their fourth Rugby world cup after narrowly defeating arch rivals the All blacks of New Zealand 12-11
- Handre Pollard’s penalty kicks were crucial in retaining the title won in 2019, with Beauden Barrett scoring the only try of the game for the all blacks
- Captain Siya Kolisi has become only the second captain after All Black Richie McCaw to lift this trophy twice.
South Africa have emerged world rugby champions once again, after successfully defending their 2019 title against New Zealand.
Played in a closely contested match at the Stade de France, on Saturday, the Springboks secured a narrow 12-11 victory over fierce rivals, the All Blacks, despite facing adversity in the second half, with two players sent to the sin-bin.
The finals, which will go down as one of the best rugby world cup finals yet, was a testament of both teams’s strength and determination to once again reach the pinnacle of rugby.
The intensity of the game was evident from the outset. Both teams displayed brutal defense, limiting free-flowing ball movement. Set-pieces and points from kicks were crucial in seeing this third world champions clinch their fourth.
Early in the match, Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi was forced off due to injury, and New Zealand’s Shannon Frizell received a yellow card for his foul actions. Handre Pollard’s accurate kicking came handy to put South Africa ahead with a 3-0 lead.
Both sides continued to bank on their penalties takers to score points in the first quarter. South Africa’s Handré Pollard scored two penalties, while New Zealand’s Richie Mo’unga added one.
At the half-hour mark, New Zealand captain Sam Cane was sent to the sin-bin for a high tackle. This was later upgraded to a red card, making Cane the first player to be sent off in a Rugby World Cup final.
Despite being down to 14 players, South Africa led 9-3. Another penalty for each side before halftime put South Africa ahead 12-6.
In the second half, Springboks captain Siya Kolisi was also sin-binned for a high tackle on Ardie Savea. With both teams playing 14 against 14, the All Blacks upped their defensive game, frustrating New Zealand’s efforts.
The closely contested battle continued throughout the match, with both sides refusing to yield. The Springboks’ resilience and determination were on full display as they weathered New Zealand’s attacks. In a game where every point mattered, the Springboks’ defense held firm, conceding only one try in the entire match.
As the final whistle blew, Siya Kolisi lifted the fourth trophy, high above his head, celebrating not only a victory on the rugby field but also a symbol of unity for South Africa. This adds to the already three rugby world titles won in 1995, 2007 and 2019.
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