The Springboks of South Africa, defending champions of the RWC, were made to fight hard for their seven try win over Tonga in their final Pool B match at the Rugby World Cup 2023 on Sunday.
In a bruising contest, Tonga stood up to the defending champions and led by big Ben Tameifuna, responded with three tries of their own but that was not enough to avoid a defeat.
South Africa currently leads Pool B, pending the outcome of the Ireland vs. Scotland match to determine their quarter-final fate.
Coach Jacques Nienaber of the Springboks acknowledged the waiting game, while Tonga’s captain, Tameifuna, praised his team’s effort despite the defeat.
Meanwhile, Lukhanyo AM is set to join the Springboks for the next phase of the RWC and will be replacing Makazole Mapimpi, according to rugby pass.