South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup for the fourth time in history. The Springboks won 11-12 against New Zealand at Stade de France. After captain Sam Kane received his first red card in a World Cup final, the All Blacks played more than half the game with one man down.
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New Zealand vs South Africa. The All Blacks Vs Springboks. The Rugby World Cup featured a dream poster between two of the sport’s absolute superpowers. The two nations have won the William Webb Ellis Trophy three times each – named after the game’s inventor – and they have neatly split the spoils with each other in the last four World Cups with two wins each. Only the winner becomes the record holder: a race for the history books.
After the traditional New Zealand haka, the finals can begin. All Black Shannon Frisell immediately made a dangerous tackle on Mbonambi. South Africa’s final ended minutes later, Frizzell having to sit on the penalty bench for ten minutes after a yellow card.
First red card in a World Cup final
In a tactic, penalties determine the score. Handre Pollard played his best and scored 3 runs as New Zealand managed to score a goal. 3-9 to defending champions South Africa after 30 minutes.
But the moment of the first half was yet to come. On the half hour mark, All Blacks captain Sam Kane made a high tackle. A yellow card was due to him, or so he thought. After a thorough check by the referees, Kane, who was now on the penalty bench, was shown a red card. For the first time in a World Cup final. A disastrous captain couldn’t believe it, New Zealand was a man down to continue. The half-time signal sounded moments later when the score was 6-12 to South Africa.
Making up for the deficit against the strong Springboks was a matter of man An impossible targetBut you never finished the All Blacks. A great tackle blocked a quick one Try – and the accompanying five points – from South Africa. Moments later, South African captain Kolisi received a yellow card and the tension was even higher again.
The All Blacks did their best to take advantage of the 14 on 14 situation for ten minutes. They almost succeeded in their goal, but one Try Not allowed from Smith after the ball goes forward. Kolisi was allowed to rejoin and restored the South African advantage.
Tough All Blacks
Inactive against 14 players, 15 against South Africans. With a man down, New Zealand now bat right Try via Barrett. The ensuing conversion – a shot for two extra points – failed to convert. 11-12 with over 20 minutes to play. Is it possible after all?
see An Unruly Delia Barrett The Try On that day
As if the finale wasn’t exciting enough, Kolbe (South Africa) also picked up a yellow card in the 73rd minute. The result of this exciting game was played with equal arms. All Black Jordy Barrett had a chance to put New Zealand ahead but narrowly missed his penalty.
It didn’t work out for the All Blacks and South Africa became Rugby World Champions for the fourth time in its history after a nail-biter. First country to win. Seven weeks later, the curtain falls on a memorable Rugby World Cup in France, with the South Africans the big winners.
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