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  • Writer's pictureAisha Playton


Updated: Nov 11, 2023

There are few things South Africans take more seriously than the performance of their sporting teams on the international stage, chief of which is that of the Springboks. Since our iconic Rugby World Cup win over New Zealand in 1995, rugby, in particular, has served as an icon of our nation's valiant victory over apartheid. Perhaps this is also because the Springbok squad perfectly encapsulates the spirit of our nation – diverse, humble, determined and tough-as-nails, all while charming the socks off of foreigners with their unmistakable charm and infectious vibe.

The game itself was a nailbiter, with New Zealand captain Sam Cane earning the first red card in World Cup Final history for a high tackle against South African centre, Jesse Kriel. Despite being a man down on the field, the All Blacks showed their characteristic grit, mettle and world-cup-final-worthy rugby mastery, by giving the Springboks a run for their money until the final second of the highly-anticipated 80-minute match. In addition to taking home the Webb Ellis Cup, Springbok flanker Pieter-Steph Du Toit also took home the prestigious title of "Man of the Match" for his epic unrelenting performance throughout the game.

Following this historic win, the streets of South Africa vibrated with the sound of "Nkalakatha" as South Africans from all races and creeds danced, sang and embraced one another to mark the special occasion. All it takes is a quick survey of the newsfeed to notice that our country has been going through a tough time as of late. The Springbok's weight in determining the collective patriotism of South Africans all over the globe is immense. This win has served as the much-needed squeeze of super glue that our country needed to bind its citizens together again in remembrance of the truth that we have so much more in common than we may realise, and that we are much stronger together than apart.

The team at De Beer Attorneys sincerely congratulate the Bokke on achieving this incredible feat and waits in anticipation for their festive return to their homeland as X4 Rugby World Cup champions!


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