Springboks set for final

By Oliver Field 

The 2007 Rugby World Cup has been one of the most anticipated sporting events in a long time and one can certainly say that it has delivered some great action.Who would have predicted that Ireland and Wales would not have made the quarter finals and that the giants of world rugby, Australia and New Zealand, would be nowhere to be seen in the semi finals?Never before has the tournament been this open, despite the fact that most people thought it would be a three horse race between the All Blacks, France and our very own Springbok team. Argentina will always be remembered as the dark horses who upset this prediction, with unlikely wins over Ireland, Scotland and hosts France in the opening game.The tournament has also exposed a lot of stars, who weren’t as prominent before the cup started. This list includes Argentinean backline stars Felipe Cantepomi and Juan Hernandez, as well as the French beast Sebastian Chabal, and Scot Chris Paterson, who’s kicking game almost got his team into the semis. Drew Mitchell currently leads the way in terms of tries with seven and, should no one catch him, he will become the first player in the history of the tournament to be top try scorer without reaching the semifinals.There have been many unforgettable moments and games this year, including Argentina’s unforgettable win over France, the All Black Haka in the quarters, Takudzwa Ngwenya’s try for the United States against South Africa and Fiji’s miraculous victory to knock out Wales.Looking ahead to this Saturday’s final, one could certainly say that both England and South Africa deserve to be there and the match promises to be one of the most enthralling encounters in Rugby World Cup history. Kick off is at 9pm, so make sure that you get down to any of Grahamstown’s legendary pubs, where the atmosphere promises to be electric. Let’s get behind our boys to have a repeat of 1995 and make even more amazing Springbok memories.


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