Relive South Africa’s recent victory when they won their fourth title over New Zealand

Relive South Africa’s recent victory when they won their fourth title over New Zealand

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On the fiftieth day, only one remained. The Rugby World Cup in France reached its conclusion on Saturday 28 October, after more than a month and a half of competition. The final saw a clash between two of the biggest heavyweights in the sport, New Zealand and South Africa, at the Stade de France, at 9pm. Crowned world champion by defeating the Lions in the final (12-11)led the Springboks’ 2019 title defense to the finish and made oval ball history by becoming the first team to win four Webb Ellis titles. Follow the match live.

South Africa in history. The Boks responded to their evening opponent with the weight of history. Winners of the last edition in 2019, they became the second team after New Zealand (2011 and 2015) to win the Webb-Ellis Cup twice in a row. Above all, South Africa is the only country to have won the World Cup four times, surpassing the All Blacks in the standings.

New Zealand narrowly misses a thunderous comeback. They’re almost left out of the loop and they’re hurting. After suffering the heaviest defeat in their history just before the World Cup (35-7), against South Africa, and then being beaten from the start by France, the All Blacks were not among the big favorites for a place in the final. . But the New Zealanders dispelled doubts. Ian Foster’s men, Ireland’s reigning winners in the quarter-finals before edging out Argentina, showed a clear rise in strength and narrowly fell short of being on top of the world again.

One of the greatest rivalries in the history of sports. The history between New Zealanders and South Africans is rich, tinged with fear, but above all open mutual respect. “There is a lot of respect between us, and we know that we will bring the best out of each other.”South African Kwaja Smith confirmed, in a press conference, his recall “honor” Having the All Blacks as opponents. Before Saturday, the two teams had met only once in a World Cup final, but in one of the most powerful moments in the competition’s history. In their first appearance in 1995, the Springboks won after extra time (15-12) in a post-apartheid context full of symbolism.

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