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BONUS - RUSTENBURG - The Springboks have played three Rugby World Cup finals and won them all - the only nation to have made the World Cup final and never losing one.

Defence, size, speed and tenacity, mixed with conviction and the hopes of a nation proved to be a very effective potion against the English in the World Cup Final.
The Springboks dished up a superb performance, snuffing out the onslaught of the Roses and consequently landing them their third World Cup title.
South Africa’s 32-12 victory was undoubtedly a structured team effort, leaving the English powerless to stop the Springbok offensive. That said, Rassie’s canny gameplan left room for individual brilliance for the likes of Tendai ‘Beast’Mtawarira, Duane ‘Thor’meulen, Makazole Mapimpi, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende and Pieter-Steph du Toit. And then there was Faf de Klerk. That guy, né! He took all the criticism, and he made that fuel his drive to do better. Where a lesser man would’ve crumbled under the collective judgement of the majority of South Africa, the diminutive dynamo stepped up and became a force of nature. Willie le Roux, considered by many as the weakest link in the Springbok line-up conquered his insecurity and delivered a solid performance.
In short, the Springboks simply outclassed the English on every level - they gave the Roses a masterclass in scrumming, they displayed the best defensive system in the world and Rassie unequivocally showed that he is much more than a pretty face - he is as clever as the cleverest fox - a fact Eddie Jones will never dare to forget again. It was then no surprise when the wily Erasmus was announced as Coach of the Year at the World Rugby Awards on Sunday (3 November). Of Course the Springboks was named Team of the Year. Another feather in the Springbok cap was the announcement that Pieter-Steph du Toit are World Rugby’s Player of the Year. With the World Cup victory the ‘Boks became the first team ever to win the World Cup while losing a game in the tournament itself - they lost 23-13 to New Zealand in the pool stages - while they are also the first team in history to win the Rugby Championship and World Cup in the same season - So, cheers, here’s to rewriting history.