The national team, nicknamed Springboks, ran over England in the World Cup finals and eventually won by 32-12. South Africa thus took its third World Cup gold after victories in 1995 and 2007.
- We have so many problems at home in our country, we managed to gather and achieve a common goal. "We played for the people back home in South Africa," said South Africa's "flanker" Siyamthanda Kolisi.
- We may not be favorites, but these players will do anything to win. We know how the gains in 1995 and 2007 lifted the country, even if it was only for a short time. We want to give South Africa the same experience one more time, ”Rassie Erasmus said before the final.
England was a pre-favorite and on the way to the final in Yokohama, Japan, defeated New Zealand - the former champions' first World Cup loss since 2007.
- We didn't start well today but I'm very proud of the team. South Africa played very well today, said England's Owen Farell after the match.
Handre Pollard was one of the heroes behind South Africa's victory. He scored four goals in the first half and gave his team a 12-6 lead after the first half. When England then made a lot of mistakes in the second half, South Africa, playing with a completely different pondus than in the semi-final against Wales, could pull off a comfortable victory.