South Africa: We Are the Champions! Kolisi's Brutal Boks Stun England

Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi holds up the rugby World Cup trophy after his team won the 2019 tournament.

Siya Kolisi's monstrous, brutal and beautiful pack of Springbok forwards laid a foundation, not only for winning a rugby game, but for lifting a nation and giving hope to a country in Yokohama on Saturday. The Springboks are world champions and perhaps Madiba's dream of a Rainbow Nation is alive again because of what happened in 80 intense minutes of near-perfect rugby from the Springboks.

'I have never seen South Africa like this. We were playing for the people back home. We can achieve anything if we work together as one.'

- Siya Kolisi, Springbok rugby captain, Yokohama Japan, 2 November 2019

South Africa 32, England 12. That number is etched in history, even now. The underdogs bit the bulldog as the Springboks swept to a deserved third world title with a performance for the ages.

Two tries from dazzling wings Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe in the crucial final quarter, and eight kicks and 22 points from the boot of flyhalf Handré Pollard, tells one story.

But the narratives in this game were numerous and varied. Kolisi's own story, from poverty to the pinnacle of world rugby, is a metaphor for where these Springboks were just 20 months ago,...

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.