Springboks rugby team, led by captain Siya Kolisi, achieved a remarkable victory over England in a nail-biting semi-final match at the Stade de France on Saturday, October 22, 2023. Despite trailing for most of the game, the team managed to turn the tables and secure a 16-15 win.
Kolisi Pride in Springboks Performance
Kolisi expressed immense pride in his team’s performance, acknowledging that England put up an outstanding fight. The Springboks had to dig deep to overcome a 15-6 deficit with just 11 minutes left on the clock. RG Snyman’s short-range try, followed by Handre Pollard’s successful conversion and a crucial penalty kick in the 77th minute, secured South Africa’s second consecutive one-point victory.
Kolisi praised his team’s resilience and determination, stating that their ability to fight back and win, despite the challenging circumstances, is what makes them champions.
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Nienaber’s Acknowledgement of England’s Strategy
Springbok coach Jacques Nienaber commended England for their strategic gameplay and their ability to put South Africa under pressure. He noted that the team would need to analyze England’s tactics in preparation for their final match against the All Blacks.
Despite not playing their best game, Nienaber expressed pride in his team’s refusal to give up and their ability to secure a result even under difficult circumstances.
Pollard’s Winning Kick
Kolisi expressed complete confidence in Pollard’s ability to convert the decisive 77th-minute penalty that ultimately led to South Africa’s victory. Pollard, who replaced Manie Libbok after 30 minutes into the game, described the win as “unbelievable” while acknowledging that the team was not at its best during the first half.
Pollard praised England for their effective pressure tactics but also highlighted his team’s unwavering determination. He expressed delight at his winning kick, stating that such moments are what players live for on this stage.