The victory won back the Nelson Mandela Plate for South Africa and gave them a chance at winning the championship title against New Zealand on Saturday. New Zealand defeated Argentina yesterday.
The two top-ranked teams will meet in the final round at Ellis Park, scene of the Springboks’ 1995 World Cup final win over the All Blacks, and parallels are already being drawn by a hugely excited South African audience.
“We’re really looking forward to it,” De Villiers said. “It’s a sold-out Ellis Park. A lot has happened in the past at that stadium.”