With the tension mounting in the week, this game was like a pre-final. Two rugby rivals meeting on the biggest stage of them all the semi-final of Rugby World Cup 2015….with Western Province losing to the Golden Lions in the Currie Cup final I was ready to go..
The singing of the South African anthem was intense hearing the Twickenham crowd get behind our boys in green and gold even the All Blacks felt the pressure as the Haka had some extra ferocity in it…no one pulling faces.
It was the Springboks who put the first points on the board through a penalty from Pollard but the All Blacks got the real points in the 7th minute with a try.
Carter got a second chance to add the extra 2 points…dunno what happened but a bok was in a rush on the first attempt.
“Breek sy fokken nek of iets” – Wait what?…haha these fans are intense in South Africa or I’m in the wrong bar.
The Bokke were on point in the first half causing turnovers and some great lineouts even though the All Blacks dominated territorial possession it was the Bokke who came out top in the first 20 minutes, 9 – 7 to the Bokke.
Jp Petersen almost had a chance to sprint for the try line through an interception but was called back….I don’t know why though, probably because I was too busy downing a castle draught.
Half-time score 12 – 7….Pollard’s kicking boots on point.
We had the belief going into half-time that we could do this.
“Last round at the bar” – huh nee fok man daar nog 40 minute oor.
Yeah the game of rugby is something else in a country like South Africa we tend to get excited before the time and emotions will run high in a game against the All Blacks.
In the 46th minute out of nowhere Carter plants a drop goal to reduce the deficit by 2 points, this guy is pure magic.
Another try in the 51st minute by the All Blacks and my head just dropped 17 – 12…heartbreaking but we were still in it.
The Bokke never looked like they were going to score a try so the points were all from the boot of Pollard and Lambie who had an excellent kicking game but this was not enough to triumph over the Mighty All Blacks.
The smile says it all, what a tough game. Welldone to the All Blacks 20 – 18 final score, the Bokke gave them one helluva battle.
Will New Zealand become the first team to defend the Rugby World Cup?