It was a dominant final performance, but in the end, springboxes were brought to an end, eventually taking a 2-1 series win over Wales after 30-14 triumph in the third decisive test at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday.
Bok’s captain Sia Kolisi was proud of his charges and pleased with the effort in the series as a whole, including getting all 42 of the team’s players to get a run.
“It was a tough series. I think this is exactly what we need to start the season. I’m just grateful to the coaching staff, they had a plan from the very beginning, and they stuck to it. A lot of players got opportunities and that’s important,” Kolisi said.
“The coaches are always open and clear with us and we knew exactly what the plan was. I’m so grateful that we were able to survive in the last game. We treated it like a final, we prepared for it like a final, and today we all performed (and performed).
“I am so grateful to play in front of so many South Africans. With everything that’s happened in our country, everyone who stepped out today is truly special.”
Magnanimous in defeat
Wales captain Dan Biggar was as generous as ever to defeat, praising his team for their overall efforts to promote the World Cup throughout the series, while also acknowledging that the hosts were better off.
“I am very proud. We have a group of self-supporting players who are a pleasure to work with. By the end of Six Nations, we were a little beat up. But that’s our standard and it’s important to keep raising it and not go back to it,” Biggar said.
“Congratulations South Africa. In particular, I thought that in the last 25 minutes we were simply squeezed, and we could not gain a foothold in the game. We had several chances and against such a top team you should use them. So we are disappointed (with the result), but overall very proud.”
Centurion Eben Etzebeth Springboks latest and youngest Test was excited with the teams effort and admitted that the day was more about the team sealing the series than about themselves.
“There are 23 guys[in the top four of game day]and we all wanted to win the Test match and the series against Wales. I think everyone raised their hands today and it was incredible,” Etzebet said.
“It was about the team and it was great to win the series today. We approached the game like a final and, fortunately, we managed in the end.”