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SA’s Triumph Kept the Trophy in the Southern Hemisphere for the Fifth Straight Tournament

South Africa produced a magnificent defensive display to edge 14-man New Zealand 12-11 in a compelling arm-wrestle of a Rugby World Cup final and win the Webb Ellis Cup for a record fourth time. Only a single yellow card had been shown in nine previous World Cup finals, but the crackdown on foul play in the game led to four being handed out over 80 minutes of intense rugby played out in front of a crowd of 80,065 at the Stade de France on Saturday. Siya Kolisi became only the second captain after All Black Richie McCaw to lift it twice. “There is so much going wrong in our country, and we are like the last line of defence and we can show that we can achieve so much together.”