New Zealand – South Africa: “They don't understand what it means for our country,” reactions after the final

New Zealand – South Africa: “They don't understand what it means for our country,” reactions after the final

South Africa won the Rugby World Cup final after a bitter battle against New Zealand on Saturday 28 October at the Stade de France, and the Springboks were clearly thrilled after the match.

Siya Kolisi, South Africa captain (in TF1 microphone) “We lost a player very early in the game (Mbonambi), and we had to adapt. They put a lot of pressure on us. People who are not from South Africa don't understand what it means for our country. It's more than just 'it's just a game.' Our country is going through a lot of things and we have at least a small glimmer of hope with this win. “We are really happy to be able to be here and thank all the South Africans, who are fighting and struggling. “This team shows that anything is possible when we work together, on and off the field.”

Peter-Steve du Toit, South Africa 3rd row (with TF1 microphone): “I would like to thank France for giving us the opportunity to play. Thank you for your support throughout the tournament. The last three matches were difficult, we won by one point in the last three matches. In our team, we like 'drama' well.” “It has helped us move forward and we have seen the resilience of the whole team and the whole of South Africa. I know we will have a warm welcome when we return, and I thank everyone for the support.”

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Sam Keane, All Blacks captain (on Sky Sports): “We are of course very disappointed. Especially since the players had to play with 14 men for 50 minutes. All the players were warriors. It is difficult. I mean 'well done' to South Africa, twice in a row… they played very well.” “Tough trip to the final and they found a way to win every time. Well done.”

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