South Africa clinched their fourth Rugby World Cup title, edging New Zealand 12-11 in Riyadh.
All Blacks captain Sam Cane received a red card in the final, the first in World Cup history.
Handre Pollard’s precise kicking secured all of South Africa’s points. Captain Siya Kolisi celebrated with fervor, acknowledging the significance for their nation.
Beauden Barrett’s try brought hope for New Zealand, but a missed conversion kept South Africa ahead. The match featured 14 players on each side due to sin-bin incidents.
Cane praised South Africa’s back-to-back titles in a hard-fought game.
The final was played in wet conditions and captivated a crowd of 80,065, including tennis stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.