In a nail-biting final, South Africa clinched a record fourth Rugby World Cup title, defeating a 14-man New Zealand team and retaining their crown.
The Springboks seemed to have control when Handre Pollard’s precise goalkicking gave them a 9-3 lead. However, New Zealand’s captain, Sam Cane, was shown a red card in the 27th minute after a high tackle, leaving his team a man down and nine points behind.
But the All Blacks fought back, with Richie Mo’unga kicking a penalty just before half-time and Beauden Barrett scoring a try after the interval, bringing the score to 12-11.
The final quarter of the game was intense, with both teams pushing for a decisive score, but the Springboks held on for a one-point victory.
This win marks South Africa’s fourth Rugby World Cup title, making them the undeniable dominant force in World Cup history.
Their victory also means they are the first team to win the tournament back-to-back away from home. Under the leadership of captain Siya Kolisi, they have garnered support from all corners of the Rainbow Nation.
This victory is a historic moment for South Africa, winning half of the eight tournaments they have taken part in. Their absence in the first two editions of the tournament due to apartheid led to a change of opinion and support from a broad spectrum of South Africans.
Despite immense pressure on New Zealand coach Ian Foster, his team came close to winning the World Cup. The game was marked by intense physicality and numerous penalties, including a red card for New Zealand’s Sam Cane.
The All Blacks showed resilience but couldn’t secure a win, and South Africa held on to win the Rugby World Cup.
South Africa walked the hardest and narrowest route to the Rugby World Cup trophy, securing victories over France, England, and New Zealand.
With a slim one-point victory, South Africa retained their title and showcased their dominance in the rugby world.