Rugby World Cup: The Best Memes and Reactions As South Africa Dump France Out of the Tournament

Rugby World Cup: The Best Memes and Reactions As South Africa Dump France Out of the Tournament

Byron Pillay
updated at October 16, 2023 at 9:15 AM
  • South Africa defeated France in the last quarter-final at the Rugby World Cup
  • The Springboks secured a one-point win over the host nation to knock them out
  • South African fans are loving the result and are trolling the French team online

South African supporters are still buzzing.

Fans are on a high after the Rugby World Cup defending champions, the Springboks, eliminated the host nation France in the competition's quarter-final stage.

The Springboks and the French.
French fans won't be amused as the South African fans celebrate their win in the Rugby World Cup. Image: Hugo Pfeiffer.
Source: Getty Images

The Boks secured a hard-fought 29-28 win over the French in a pulsating game in Paris and have now booked their place in the semi-final alongside England.

Kurt-Lee Arendse, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe, and Eben Etzebeth scored the tries for the defending champions, while Manie Libbok and Handre Pollard provided the points with the boot.

As noted by Planet Rugby, the result ended France’s run of 18 straight wins at home.

With the defending champions moving on to the final four at the expense of the French, fans took to social media to rub salt in the wounds of their supporters.

Bok fans didn’t just stick to trolling the French rugby team, as they also brought Kylian Mbappe, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Kaizer Chiefs into their bants.

Here are some of the best memes and reactions on social media after that thrilling Bok win:


"The Springboks are through to the semi-finals because of the Kaizer Chiefs green jersey."


"Last team to be kicked out, and the first team to arrive back at home after RWC quarterfinals: France. Hugs."


"The French in the comments complaining about theft and feeling robbed when their entire legacy of existence is based on theft. Lol cry me a river."


"South Africa continuing the African trend of expelling France. #FRAvRSA"

France and Springboks make history

It was a first half that many will remember.

Defending Rugby World Cup champions South Africa and the tournament’s hosts, France put on a show to remember in the first 40 minutes of their quarter-final clash.

Their combined six tries between France and the Springboks set the game alight and set a new record, Sports Brief reported.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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