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South Africa beat New Zealand 11:12 in the Rugby World Cup Final

Rugby World Cup 2023 | Match Centre | New Zealand 11:12 South Africa

South Africa Secures Fourth Rugby World Cup Title in Thrilling Final

South Africa triumphed in a gripping and intense Rugby World Cup final in Paris, seizing their fourth title in a match packed with twists and turns. The Springboks initially took charge, aided by New Zealand’s early red card, establishing a solid lead. However, the resilient All Blacks fought back, creating a nail-biting contest that saw both teams vying for dominance in a fiercely competitive showdown.

In the 27th minute, New Zealand captain Sam Cane received a red card for a high tackle on Jesse Kriel, leaving his team a man down and trailing by nine points. Despite the setback, the All Blacks staged a remarkable comeback, narrowing the gap with a penalty from Richie Mo’unga and a try by Beauden Barrett, reducing South Africa’s lead to a mere point.

The thrilling final quarter saw both sides fiercely pursuing a decisive score. However, neither team managed to break the deadlock, with missed opportunities on both ends. South Africa held on by a thread, claiming a historic third consecutive one-point victory in the knockout stages, leaving captain Siya Kolisi and his team in jubilation as they secured an unprecedented back-to-back win on foreign soil.

The Springboks’ triumph marks their unparalleled dominance in Rugby World Cup history, winning half of the tournaments they’ve participated in. Their journey to this victory has been a testament to their resilience and unity, especially under the leadership of Kolisi, the team’s first black Test captain, earning support from across South Africa’s diverse population.

Meanwhile, New Zealand’s four-year journey under coach Ian Foster culminated agonizingly close to the ultimate prize. The intense and physically demanding final showcased a ferocious battle between the two rugby powerhouses, etching a memorable chapter in the sport’s history.

Match Summary

World Cup Final | New Zealand 11:12 South Africa

New Zealand Scores:

TRIES Beauden Barrett (58′)
PENS Richie Mo’unga (17′, 38′)

South Africa Scores:

PENS Handre Pollard (3′, 13′, 19′, 34′)


Stade de France, Saint-Denis


Wayne Barnes

Man of the Match

Pieter-Steph du Toit (South Africa)


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