It’s not every week that I get to indulge in writing multiple rugby stories whilst shouting ‘BOKKE’ from the rooftops, so cut me a little slack.
We try our best to cover classic South African videos of old in our Throwback Thursday posts – Petru Steyn, ‘don’t touch me on my studio’, ‘it’s a f*cking parrot’, ‘Beyoncé To Da Left’, and that really, really drunken episode of Come Dine With Me SA, for example.
This Thursday, though, we’re going with full-on nostalgia, and a look back at the Springboks’ two Rugby World Cup victories thus far.
1995, 2007, 2019 – really would have a nice 12-year symmetry about it, right?
Rather than simply show you the match highlights, let’s look at World Rugby’s short showpiece from the 1995 final first:
Shut up, you’re getting emotional.
In 2007, a Jake White-led team triumphed over England in the final, although we did also come up against the English in the group stages.
Perhaps Faf de Klerk can draw some inspiration from one of the single greatest scrumhalf performances of all time, where Fourie du Preez led from the front in a 36-0 drubbing.
All we could find is the full match, which you should definitely send to that English mate of yours via WhatsApp:
The 2007 final was a closer run thing, with Percy Montgomery’s boot, and a long-range missile from a youthful Frans Steyn, leading the Boks to a 15-6 win.
Please enjoy the whingeing over the Mark Cueto try, that continues to this day:
Foot in touch and case closed. Unless you’re Mark Cueto, who had this to say to the Guardian just two days ago:
“Everyone takes the mick out of me when I say I still think it was a try but I genuinely do,” Cueto said. “There’s a million angles to suggest it was a try and there was one angle where it was 50-50. So in that case you’ve got to go with it…
“It’s my fifth year since I retired and you soon get forgotten so it’s quite a nice thing to be remembered. Obviously I’d rather be remembered for something a bit more positive. Certainly this week I knew it was going to be mentioned more than ever.
I don’t know when it will go away, I think maybe if we go on to beat South Africa this weekend and win the World Cup then there’s almost no reason to refer back to 07 any more. From a selfish point of view, that would be sad because then I’d be really forgotten, wouldn’t I?”
To be fair to Cueto, he is taking the mickey out of himself.
A quick look at the head-to-head record between the teams, as well as the past five matches:
The English may have the edge in recent history, but as long as we can stay within range on Saturday, we’re in with a shot.
Rassie, Siya, Faf, Handrè, Cheslin, Big Duane, the Bomb Squad, Willie, Beast, and all the other cogs in the Springbok wheel – make us proud.
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