South Africa Secure Crucial Bonus Point Win in Siya Kolisi’s 50th Test As Springbok Captain

South Africa Secure Crucial Bonus Point Win in Siya Kolisi’s 50th Test As Springbok Captain

Byron Pillay
October 2, 2023 at 7:39 AM
  • Siya Kolisi led South Africa to a hard-fought win over Tonga in the World Cup
  • The Springboks beat Tahi 49-18 to secure a much-needed bonus point victory
  • Kolisi was named the captain of the side in 2018 and has won one World Cup

Siya Kolisi has marked his 50th test as Springbok captain in style.

The South African flanker led his team to a much-needed bonus point win in the Rugby World Cup in France.

Siya Kolisi celebrating.
Siya Kolisi picked up a win in his 50th game as captain of the Springboks. Image: Richard Heathcote.
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Having been named as the first black captain in the side’s history in 2018, Kolisi has already led the side to one world title and is aiming to repeat that feat in France.

They need a big win in their final group game to do that.

South Africa were taking on Tonga in their final group game, needing a bonus point win to give themselves the best chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Despite being heavy favourites going into the game, the Boks were made to work hard for their win.

As noted by The Independent, Fine Inisi and Ben Tameifuna crossed the try line for the Tongan team as they gave the Boks a run for their money.

The defending champions eventually ran out 49-18 winners, but the game was much tighter than the scoreline suggested.

With the bonus point wrapped up, the Boks will now wait for the final game of the group between Ireland and Scotland to see who progresses to the quarter-finals.

Depending on the results of that encounter and the final Group A standings, South Africa could face France or New Zealand in the last eight.

Official rankings ahead of Rugby World Cup

The Springboks look to defend their Rugby World Cup title in France but will face stiff competition. South Africa are among the favourites going into the tournament but aren't the number-one ranked side.

With the World Cup tournament having started on September 8 with Les Bleus taking on the All Blacks, Sports Brief looked at the top five ranked teams before France 2023 and their ranking back in 2019.

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