Tears and cheers during Springboks semifinal clash against the All Blacks

By Hilda Van Dyk
25 October 2015

YOU's Hilda van Dyk reflects on the Rugby World Cup semfinal match that sent the Springboks packing.

As the rain fell down on Twickenham last night it felt as if the heavens also cried when the Springboks lost their semifinal match against New Zealand.

Even though the rain came down softly earlier in the game it started to pour moments after the referee blew the last whistle announcing the All Blacks won the game 20-18. This last whistle also announced it will be the All Blacks playing in the final next weekend and not the Springboks as we all hoped.

The team that takes on the All Blacks next weekend will be determined this afternoon when Australia will be taking on Argentina in the same place as the match that broke South African hearts.

Hopefully there will be as much spirit as there was at last night's match. Springbok supporters were loud and proud -- it was as if we were playing on home ground!

With line outs and scrubs, everyone started chanting " Bokke, Bokke, Bokke". For the other parts of the game you heard "tackle him", "come boys" and "come Bokkies!".

When Daniel Carter made ready to kick to the poles, the South African supporters started to count down from 10. The moment he struck he ball, all you heard was "Bokke".

This made a few All Black-supporters mad but it was all forgotten after the final whistle was blown.

A few South Africans shook their counterparts hands. Others just stayed sitting on the stadium with a look of disbelief.

But the most beautiful moment came when Sonny Bill Williams of the All Blacks walked in the rain to Jesse Kriel who was sitting against the rugby poles. Sonny Bill put his arms around Jesse and just comforted him.

At the end of the day almost everyone had tears in their eyes as the hopes and dreams of two great rugby nations diverged.

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