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South Africa, world rugby champions for the fourth time

The rugby team South Africa has won by a tight 11-12 against New Zealand in the grand final of the men’s World Cup, held in France, and thanks to this they win the title for the fourth time in their history, breaking the tie precisely with All Blacks at the top of the World Cup record.

In a duel held again on the Saint-Denis grass, like all the previous ones in the fight for medals, the kicker Handre Pollard commanded the triumph of the Springboks. After the crowns obtained in 1995, 2007 and 2019, South Africa adds the fourth to its showcases and left the All Blacks with three in his locker (1987, 2011 and 2015).

The early yellow card shown to New Zealander Shannon Frizell showed that The meeting was going to be hard, difficult and full of tension due to the succulent loot that was in contention. Not in vain, those of the silver fern were left with one less man due to the expulsion with a direct red card to their captain Sam Cane before the half hour is up. Until that moment, the South African team had taken a 3-9 lead thanks to three penalty shots taken by Pollard. He immediately converted another (3-12), and New Zealand responded in the same way through Richie Mo’unga in his second converted penalty.

With that 6-12 the intermission was reached, which spurred the All Blacks to close distances. They first held a rehearsal of Aaron Smith, thanks to a great maneuver by Mo’unga himself on the left wing in the 54th minute, until he gave the oval to his teammate; but the play was annulled because Brodie Retallick He dropped the ball and committed avant.

However, the Oceanic team kept trying and found a reward in the 58th minute, with a try from Beauden Barrett after a Mark Telea’s key pass. Mo’unga missed the subsequent conversion and Jordie Barrett also missed a penalty shot in the 74th minute, wasting his team’s bullets for the comeback. In a scrum at time, Jasper Wiese held the ball with his soul and that defense of the Springboks won the title in Paris.

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