Rugby: South Africa Are The Champions Of The World

Team South Africa were crowned champions of the world after winning Rugby World Cup final match against New Zealand on October 28, 2023 at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, near Paris. This is a record fourth Rugby World Cup after a phenomenal defensive effort.

There was only seven seconds left at work, and one huge scrum to play to choose the champion of the Rugby World Cup between South Africa and New Zealand.

The two lines of forward clashed, and South Africa won the scrum, ensuring it would keep the ball from the ruck, provoking ref Wayne Barnes to call an end to an entertaining final.

The Springboks and All Blacks crashed in the Rugby World Cup final for the second time.

The initial time was famous to such an extent that a film was made about it. Jonah Lomu was corralled, Joel Stransky hit the triumphant drop goal in additional time and Nelson Mandela wore a Springboks pullover and cap. This was back in 1995.

This is the first final where the two teams have lost a pool match. The All Blacks lost to France. The Springboks lost to Ireland. Stade de France shook for both obvious results. Yet, the old arena was in a real sense shaking on back to back evenings in the quarterfinals when the All Blacks whipped Ireland and the Springboks took out host France.

The Springboks were large top picks before the competition and have conceivably furrowed the hardest way to the final in competition history. Alongside Ireland, they needed to shake off Scotland and Tonga in the pool stage, then, at that point, win one-pointers against have France and Britain in the knockout stage.

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The last was their fifth bone-shaking match in five weeks, maybe one justification for why they have gone for the capricious 7-1 split of forwards and backs on the bench.

The 7-1 worked when they initially tried it, against the All Blacks not long before the competition, and gave their extraordinary opponents their most awful at any point rout by 35-7.

South Africa defended its title thanks to Handre Pollard’s four penalties, which had given his team a 12-6 half-time lead. The Springboks did not score a point in the second-half, pushed back by unrelentless charges from the All Blacks, who desperately tried to add another try after Beauden Barrett had revived a nation’s hopes they could turnaround the match.

After the final whistle at the Stade de France, there was one statistic standing out. The Springboks had managed 209 tackles — with a success rate of 81%. South Africa also won seven turnovers to just one from New Zealand.

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