Siya Kolisi’s Post-Match Message To France
Written by Brooklyn Masuku on 16 October, 2023
Springboks captain Siya Kolisi’s post-match message after the thrilling France game earned praise from the majority of France fans. The quarter-final clash between France and South Africa unfolded as one of the most enthralling rugby matches in recent memory. The encounter was an intense battle between the reigning World Champions and the home team, making every second of the game a riveting spectacle.
France managed to secure a solid position with a 22-19 lead just before halftime, and the fans believed they were on the verge of a victory. However, the defending champions, South Africa, displayed remarkable resilience and determination in the second half.
With an exceptional performance, the Springboks managed to secure a 29-28 victory when the final whistle blew. Following this nail-biting contest, Siya Kolisi’s post-match message resonated deeply with the France team and their supporters.
In his post-match interview, Siya Kolisi exhibited a level of humility rarely seen in the world of professional sports. Rather than solely focusing on his teammates, he took a moment to express his appreciation for France’s ongoing efforts to strengthen their team. He also acknowledged the incredible atmosphere created by the fans during the game and the extraordinary effort exerted by both teams.
“We scrambled a lot, especially when we were short of numbers,” said Kolisi.
“We talk about chasing lost causes. Don’t stop until they put the ball down over the tryline. Don’t do that and we’d be going home tomorrow.
“That’s what we do as a team. Never give up.”, Kholisi said.
The Springboks edged in front thanks to replacement fly-half Handre Pollard’s second-half points, setting up a last-four meeting with England back in Paris at the Stade de France on Saturday.
“It was an amazing game,” said Kolisi, who was substituted early in the second half. “It flowed, it was tough, physical, the way both teams played outshone everything.
“The French have been building for four years and knew it was going to take something special.”
The South Africa captain, who is looking to repeat the triumph of 2019, said the Boks had prepared for the noise and atmosphere of taking on the hosts in their own backyard in Paris by using speakers in training.
But he paid tribute to the hosts, especially captain Antoine Dupont who returned to the line-up after suffering a fractured cheekbone in the pool games to play the full 80 minutes.
“France can be proud. For their leader to be injured and come back and play like as if he had never been away was incredible.”
Bok coach Jacques Nienaber also praised the French.
“If you play the French in France and if you look at their performances and consistency over last four years, their team building and results, we knew it would be a proper Test match,” he said.
“Like all the games this weekend, it was won in the last eight minutes of the game, so it was a proper Test.”
His words were eloquent and timeless, leaving an indelible impression on numerous fans and reinforcing his status as an exceptional captain.