Three reasons why the bronze final is golden

The Rugby World Cup 2015 bronze final on 30 October is all-important for the Springboks. While the semi-final loss to New Zealand on 24 October would have broken many South African hearts, the play-off for third place against Argentina is hugely significant for three reasons:

  •  Bryan Habana needs just one more try to break the Rugby World Cup record for number of tries. Habana is currently tied on 15 tries with New Zealand legend Jonah Lomu. Habana missed out in the semi-final but now has an opportunity to become a World Cup legend. At the age of 32, and being a winger – where speed and fitness must be nothing short of top-notch, this is probably Habana’s last World Cup. Thus this will probably be his last World Cup match.

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  •  Pride. South Africa is currently ranked third in the world according to the World Rugby Rankings, so finishing the World Cup anywhere below third place is undesirable to say the least. Incidentally, Argentina is ranked fourth. The outcome of the match may also affect the rankings.

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  •  The bronze final will also provide a final opportunity to see our current team participate in a World Cup match. Obvious, as this may be, think about when you might have an opportunity to see the likes of Victor Matfield, Bryan Habana, and Schalk Burger play in a truly important competitive match again. Our players are experienced. How many more times will we see them play, and play in a decisive game like this one is?
Fans show their support for the Springboks.

Fans show their support for the Springboks.

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