October 28, 2023

South Africa win Rugby World Cup for fourth time

October 29, 2023 — 8.42am
, register or subscribe to save articles for later.

Save articles for later

Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time.

South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup, beating New Zealand 12-11 in a pulsating final in Paris to be crowned champions for the fourth time.

All of South Africa’s points came from the boot of Handre Pollard as the defending champions edged out the All Blacks, despite New Zealand fullback Beauden Barrett going over in the 58th minute for the first-ever World Cup final try against the Springboks.

New Zealand captain Sam Cane had earlier become the first player to be red-carded in a Rugby World Cup final, with three other players being sent to the sin bin in a closely fought clash.

Cane went in high on South Africa’s Jesse Kriel around the head in the 29th minute of the tournament’s showpiece match at Stade de France on Saturday night (Sunday AEDT).


The 31-year-old was immediately shown a yellow card by referee Wayne Barnes, who reversed a scrum awarded to the All Blacks in front of the South Africa posts.

The bunker reviewed the yellow and six minutes later, Barnes was advised to upgrade it to a red card.

South Africa went 12-3 ahead moments later, Handre Pollard sending over his fourth penalty kick of the first half.

The score was 12-6 to the Springboks at half-time, with all the points coming from penalties.


Moments after the break, Cane’s opposite number Siya Kolisi was also sent to the sin bin, following a head clash with New Zealand No.8 Ardie Savea. His offence was not upgraded.

The only previous card in a World Cup final was a yellow for All Black Ben Smith in 2015, when New Zealand beat Australia to lift the trophy at Twickenham.

South Africa’s Jesse Kriel celebrates after the 12-11 win.Credit: AP

That record lasted until just the third minute in Paris, when All Blacks flanker Shannon Frizell was sin-binned for a neck roll on South Africa hooker Bongi Mbonambi.

Mbonambi was subbed off injured, as his leg was twisted badly in the ruck, but the bunker decided that was accidental and Frizell returned to the field.

Barrett finished off a break from fellow centre Mark Tele’a in the 58th minute to set up a grandstand finish, but it was not enough.

AAP, with AP

Sports news, results and expert commentary. Sign up for our Sport newsletter.

Watch all the action from Rugby World Cup 2023 on the Home of Rugby, Stan Sport. Every match streaming ad-free, live and in 4K UHD with replays, mini matches and highlights available on demand.



Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.