AS IT HAPPENED | Go Bokke! Mapimpi, Kolbe make history

2019-11-02 13:24

There were tears, cheers and dancing as South Africans at home and around the world celebrated the Springboks victory over England in the finals of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday.


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02 Nov 16:16

Peter de Villiers, who said pre-tournament that he would NOT be supporting the national side in the tournament, took to Twitter shortly after the final whistle to extend his wishes to skipper Siya Kolisi and his team.

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02 Nov 16:14

A fact not lost on only the die-hardest of rugby fans was that the players to inherit the left-wing jersey of Williams - Makazole Mapimpi - and the right-wing jersey of Small - Cheslin Kolbe - made history in becoming the first two players to score tries for South Africa in a World Cup final.

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02 Nov 16:12

President Cyril Ramaphosa was all smiles following the Springboks' successful victory in the Rugby World Cup final.

And this was never more evident in a touching moment between the president and Springbok captain Siya Kolisi moments after South Africa emerged victorious on Saturday, captured by ITV.

02 Nov 15:42

Tears, cheers and what can only be described as exhilaration spread through the capital city on Saturday as the Springboks lifted the Web Ellis trophy.

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02 Nov 15:09

"You know the hashtag #StandTogether? Well this is exactly it means!"

This was the view of one ecstatic Springbok fan moments after South Africa beat England in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday to be crowned world champions.

Cape Town's Glenn Geater holding his Springbok jersey between his thumb and forefinger at a bar in Table View in Cape Town said:"Sport unites the country. Look around you - everybody is united."

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The Springboks have moved to the top of the World Rugby rankings following their victory in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama.

With their win, Siya Kolisi's men moved to the summit of the standings, with England, No 1 prior to kick-off, slipping to third.

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Mission accomplished

02 Nov 13:39

A clearly emotional Kolisi had an inspirational message for the country when he was interviewed in the minutes following the full-time whistle. 

"We are so grateful to the people of South Africa," Kolisi said.

"We have so many problems in our country but a team like this, we come from different backgrounds, different races but we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it.

"I really hope we've done that for South Africa. Just shows that we can pull together if we want to achieve something."

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02 Nov 13:37

President Cyril Ramaphosa was among the first to congratulate the Springboks on winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Much like former Presidents Nelson Mandela did in 1995 and Thabo Mbeki in 2007, Ramaphosa helped skipper Siya Kolisi lift the Webb Ellis Cup in celebration.

Ramaphosa took to Twitter to express his joy at the result.

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PE came out to support the Boks and the crowd was not disappointed

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Over in Cape Town the celebrations were just as ecstatic...

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Pretoria explodes as the Boks win.

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That first try...

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Siya Kolisi's Springboks are the 2019 Rugby World Cup champions after beating England 32-12 in Saturday's tournament final in Yokohama. 

The Boks went into the match as slight underdogs, but they were superb from start to finish as they dominated almost every department against an English outfit that could not repeat its heroic semi-final performance against the All Blacks. 

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