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World reacts to Springboks as RWC champions


While SA was still trying to digest the stunning performance by the Springboks, which saw them overcome England to become world champions for the third time, the team was making headlines around the world.

The story of Siya Kolisi and his squad’s awesome team performance and rise to the top of the game over the past 18 months, has resonated with rugby fans all over the globe.

Siya Kolisi, surrounded by team-mates, lifts the Webb Ellis trophy. Pictures: screengrabs

The Boks triumphed 32-12 in Yokohama on the back of a dominant scrum, watertight defence and devastating counter-attack in the second half. Added to this was an accurate kicking performance from Handre Pollard under extreme pressure.

The try-scorers were wings Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe.

While No 8 Duane Vermeulen was the official man of the match, there were heroes all over the pitch for South Africa, and Rassie Erasmus’s men put in the ultimate team performance that will the stand the test of time in Springbok rugby folklore.

South Africans watched in awe as the Bok scrum demolished England’s pack, paving the way for a third Rugby World Cup crown.

Freshly minted: Willie le Roux, left, and Makazole Mapimpi check out their new bling.

Here’s how the world reacted:

The Guardian, UK: Bok motivation, why England were up against it

Sydney Morning Herald: Eddie Jones lost for words

Stuff, NZ: Boks did to England, what England did to ABs

New York: Rugby World Cup Final, SA crushes England

The Independent, Ireland: Springboks blow Chariot to Smithereens

The Scotsman: A transcendent moment for post-apartheid South Africa

Wales Online: They wore Springbok rugby jerseys and went wild

Meanwhile, on social media:


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