November 30, 2023

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South Africa beat New Zealand to become world champions

South Africa beat New Zealand to become world champions

Rugby team South Africa Kumbabhishekam was performed this afternoon World championFrance played in a thrilling final at the 2023 tournament at the Stade de France in St Denis after beating New Zealand 12-11.

The South African team won 12-6 at the end of the first half. He repeated his previous three titles: In 1995 (when I organized the cup), in 2007 (France) and in 2019 (Japan)

All of South Africa’s first-half goals came from four penalties by Hondre Pollard.And in the filler area they maintained the advantage with determination and heart.

For its part, the players’ lack of discipline New Zealand were decisive in their game with the dismissal of captain Sam Kane.A caution from Shannon Frizzell and they made several penalties.

The New Zealand All Blacks scored through a try by Beauton Barrett (St. 18m) and two penalties by Richie Moinga (St. 17m and 38m).

South Africa had also narrowly drawn previous qualifiers: beating France 29-28 in the quarter-finals and England 16-15 in the semi-finals. They also lost their unbeaten record in the group stage when they were beaten 13–8 by Ireland.

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Photo: AFP.

Early on, the Springboks took the initiative of proceedings with their forwards dominating, forcing New Zealand to defend and commit offences.

Thus, flyhalf Pollard made the quick difference with two penalties (3m and 13m) to seal a provisional 6-0.

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New Zealander Frizzell had earlier been booked for a tackle on Bongi Mbonambi and was replaced minutes later by Dion Fourie.

New Zealand scored from a penalty chance converted by Monga (3-6).

South Africa continued to dominate and added a fresh penalty from Pollard (19m) to make it 9-3.

Meanwhile, on 28 minutes, All Blacks captain Sam Kane was cautioned for a tackle on Jesse Greal. After five minutes, the card was changed from yellow to red after a review by the officials who deemed the action to be “high risk” to the competitor.

With this, Kane became the first player to be sent off in a World Cup final.

South Africa added a fresh conversion at 34m from Pollard (12-3). And at the end of the period, New Zealand Mounga (38m) scored from a penalty to leave the Springboks 12-6.

In the second half, South Africa played a simple and efficient game, controlled the action and defended with great discipline. So, the reigning two-time champions withstood the attacks of the All Blacks, who, with one man less, began handling the ball and pressed in an attempt to reverse history.

As the minutes ticked by, the New Zealanders surged forward with their forwards and with Monga crippling Aaron Smith, he broke through the match defense to score a try. But the play was void as the ball was lost on a line out.

Moments later, South Africa captain Sia Kolisi was cautioned for a headbutt on Arti Savea.

In a new development for the All Blacks, in a joint play, Jordie Barrett cleared the ball as a ruck came out, Delia stepped up and assisted Beauton Barrett to score the first try of the match. Mo’unga was unable to contribute the conversion and the score remained 12-11 in South Africa’s favour.

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In the final ten minutes, New Zealand, still down a man, began to dominate the scrum and Jordie Barrett had the chance to go ahead with a missed penalty, the conversion that would have sealed victory and the title.

This is only the second time in history that the Springboks and All Blacks have met in the final, the precedent being a 15-12 victory over New Zealand in Johannesburg in 1995.

In the last edition, South Africa beat England 32-12 in the final of the Japan 2019 World Cup at the Yokohama Stadium.