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Kolisi credits ‘Special’ Springbok supporters for driving team to victory

Siya Kolisi Hails South Africa Supporters After First Test Victory

The South Africa rugby team, led by double Rugby World Cup-winning captain Siya Kolisi, secured a thrilling 27-20 victory over Ireland in the first Test in Pretoria on Saturday. Kolisi expressed his gratitude to the home supporters, emphasizing the special bond between the team and its fans.

“It was very special to be back home after the World Cup triumph and the full crowd made it beautiful for us,” Kolisi remarked. He highlighted the importance of the support they receive, stating that it drives the team forward and helps them perform at their best.

The match, featuring two of the top-ranked rugby nations, was a tough battle that showcased a high standard of rugby. South Africa’s victory was a way for them to thank their supporters for their unwavering encouragement throughout the game.

Having played their previous matches in Europe, South Africa returned home for the first time in almost a year. Their last home game was against Argentina in July, where they emerged victorious in the Rugby Championship. Since then, they have achieved notable victories, including a thrilling win over New Zealand to secure back-to-back World Cup titles.

Looking ahead to the next Test in Durban, Kolisi acknowledged that there is still room for improvement for the team. Meanwhile, Ireland captain Peter O’Mahony commended the Springboks for their performance and acknowledged the fine margins that determine the outcome at this level of rugby.

The upcoming Test in Durban will be crucial for both teams, with Ireland aiming to avoid a fifth straight series defeat against South Africa. The history between the two teams adds to the excitement, with their last encounter in Durban resulting in a narrow victory for South Africa in 1981.

The stage is set for another thrilling showdown between these rugby powerhouses as they battle it out for supremacy in the second and final Test of the series.

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