“Farrell was very nervous, it showed in his face. From there I knew we were going to be champions,” said Kolisi, recounting how the great day of the RWC 2019 final in Japan began.
The first black captain in the history of the Springboks raised the Webb Ellis cup after defeating England in the World Cup final in 2019. In recent days, in a South African media Kolisi told how those minutes were before the final game.
“Do you know when you have that feeling, ‘There’s no way they can beat us today’?” Siya said. She then explained how Farrell’s body language and lack of organization in England were the evidence that anticipated what happened next.
“Even with the coin toss, when I saw Owen Farrell, I didn’t know which side he was on, which side he was warming up on, which team he was on, A or B,” Kolisi said.
He also added: “I could already see that he was nervous. And they were late to the stadium. We were so confident from the first scrum, the boys were really hungry. I know people say that Kyle – England pillar Kyle Sinckler – was injured, but the way we were, there was no chance of us being subjugated. ”
It also made a big difference between Eddie Jones and Rassie Erasmus: “England came late to the stadium and their coach was criticized for that. Erasmus took the pressure off us, told us what pressure people in South Africa suffer and not what we were going to live. “
Kolisi made it clear that South Africa did things perfectly that day and that, from the outset, it was very clear that they were going to become world champions as they did.