Inspirational Kolisi leads South Africa to glory against boastful England to lift third Rugby World Cup
London, Nov. 2, 2019 (AltAfrica)- Inspirational Siya Kolisi capped his remarkable journey from a dusty eastern coast of South Africa to World Cup-winning captain on Saturday when he led the Springboks to victory over England.
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The underdog South African rugby team displayed remarkable skills, strength and unity to crush boastful English team to lift third world cup rugby trophy in Japan
Increasingly a symbol for South African unity, Kolisi did not even have a television set when the Springboks, cheered on by Nelson Mandela, won their second title in 2007.
The captain of that team, John Smit, argued this 2019 triumph was even more significant.
“For me, even as a guy who won it, this was a far bigger occasion because of where we’ve come from and where we’re going,” Smit said.
“I always thought, was it too much of a fairytale to see Siya lift that trophy? It couldn’t have come at a better time. This will have a significant impact on our country.”
Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe tries, plus 20 points via the boot of Handre Pollard, saw a monstrously-physical South Africa seal a third Rugby World Cup triumph, beating an off-colour England 32-12 in Yokohama.
Owen Farrell notched all of England’s points off the tee courtesy of four penalties, but Eddie Jones’ charges were punished for repeated errors and unable to get past a staunch South Africa defence.
The Springboks make history as the first nation ever to lose a Rugby World Cup game – their opening Pool B clash with New Zealand – and go on to lift the cup, while also becoming the first side to win a Rugby Championship or Tri-Nations title and World Cup in the same year.
England have been done and dusted in the classroom and the training field. Ultimately they were put away by a South Africa team and management who looked like they were in positions England wanted to be before England were there. They weren’t one step ahead, they were two or three ahead.