South Africa will play in its fourth World Cup final. After France, the Springboks held on to their XV de la Rose by a point so small, in fact a penalty was converted 3 minutes from time. However, the English were in the lead until the 78th minute. But the defending champions were able to rely on their resources to snatch their ticket to the final.
Next Saturday, the New Zealanders and South Africans will return to the field at the Stade de France for a rather special final. One of the two teams will actually become the first country to win a fourth world title. Even if the tenth World Cup is held in France, it is the southern hemisphere that continues to dominate world rugby.
“Our mentality made the difference.”
Ntchi and South Africa expect a “big match” against the All Blacks. Oaks Ntshi, the mainstay of South Africa, after beating England 16-15, is already thinking about the final on October 28. “At times, we weren’t playing together. In the first half, we told ourselves that we all had to work together, that we had the same goal. That’s what made the difference in the second half (…) We had our plan, we knew what we had to do.” We have to do it. We just had to survive the bad weather. Our mentality made the difference, we wanted to get the penalty kick. New Zealand, it’s going to be very complicated: In my position, look “Look at their crowd, look at the way they bat… They’re amazing. We beat them, they beat us… They’re one of the best teams of the decade. It’s OK to be Great match.”
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