In what was reminiscent of the Rugby World Cup in 1995, this year’s championship had all the elements of a story of legends.
Making it into the final was the first impressive feat – when the Boks lost against New Zealand, it caused a drop in confidence in the team.
Yet the Boks were able to beat the other teams in their pool: Canada, Italy, Namibia, and then later on Japan and Wales.
Much of the success of the Springsboks’ win could be attributed to the captainship of Siya Kolisi, a mere 28 years old, and head coach Rassie Erasmus.
The final match was definitely nail-biting: penalty upon penalty, with no tries scored – until Cheslin Kolbe and Makazole Mapimpi came dancing in with 2 tries.
What a feeling it was to see South Africa’s name engraved on the Web Ellis trophy and Pollard’s kick to seal the end of the game.
Another magical moment was when President Cyril Ramaphosa wore the Springbok shirt and was congratulated by Prince Harry – with a hug!
Siya’s speech showed that he understood the unifying power of sport – and the effects of good leadership.
Back home the fans went wild, with flags hanging from cars and hooting all around. Tears flowed for many, as we realised that together we can achieve more and together we can build a nation we are proud of.
South Africa also did us proud at the World Rugby Awards with Rassie Erasmus as Coach of the Year, the Springboks as team of the year, and De Zalze-member Pieter-Steph Du Toit as World Player of the Year.
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