Sunday Social: Boks celebrate and England mourn

Date published: November 3 2019

It is time for Planet Rugby’s Sunday Social, your quirky recap of the serious and not so serious talking points from the past week’s action.

We of course start with the Rugby World Cup final and South Africa’s dominant 32-12 victory over England. Following the match, the team recorded this message for their supporters.

The players certainly enjoyed the celebrations with scrum-half Faf de Klerk to the fore, who greeted Prince Harry in his South African pants.

The Rugby World Cup Twitter feed, which has been excellent throughout the tournament, certainly found a way to explain De Klerk’s post-match antics.

South African celebrities also praised the team’s efforts via social media with Trevor Noah, who has become a star in America, tweeting this…

Plenty of the focus was on the Springboks’ first black captain Siya Kolisi and the hope that can give to a nation which is currently struggling.

Fortunately, none of the focus was on any controversial refereeing decisions and much of that was down to the teamwork of the officials, who post-match showed why they were effective.

Of course, with any victory there has to be a loser, but the English team took it graciously following the game, admitting that they were outplayed.

Nevertheless, you could see the desolation on the face of Jonny May, who attempted to sum up his emotions in this interview.

However, there was plenty of confidence from English pundits and fans going into the game, and many were quick to remind their followers of some of the ‘interesting’ statements that were said before the final.

England’s arch-rivals Wales were particularly keen to display their support for South Africa with this an especially funny scene.

That didn’t please everyone, however, with respected pundit David Flatman stating his disappointment over the reactions of other supporters to the result.