The last World Cup-winning Springbok team to take to the field was Francois Pienaar’s 1995 version, which conquered New Zealand in an epic extended final by 15-12, following Joel Stransky’s famous drop goal. Sunday evening’s events in Paris, when South Africa put the Argentineans to the sword by 37-13, cemented their place in the final against the World Champions, England.
Click here to watch the highlightsAbout two months ago, we wrote to all our English friends expressing the hope that, if we didn’t win it they would, little realising it would get down to a match between our two countries.
We love our English friends, but we don’t love them that much that we should give away the laurels on Saturday. That said, we remain fixed in the hope that if we don’t win it, they do and so its a case of, as our Colonial masters so often taught us, that the best team should win, and in the process, we wish them the very best of British luck.
Of course, every Englishman will recall the events at Isandlwana on the 22nd February, 1879, and that you can’t treat the Zulus too lightly!