The Springboks are through to the Rugby World Cup final after defeating Wales 19-16 in the Yokohama semi-final on Sunday.
The team will now play England, which beat New Zealand, in a repeat of the 2007 final. (That one went pretty well for us, if you recall.)
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— Springboks (@Springboks) October 27, 2019
Naturally, South Africans on Twitter were pretty stoked about the result, and none were more excited than South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa.
In a tweet sent to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, sorry, we mean “BoJo”, Ramaphosa issued his opposite number a warning. A very sassy warning at that.
“See you on Saturday BoJo when you will be watching Siya, the team and I hoist high [the] Webb Ellis Cup,” tweeted President Ramaphosa.
See you on Saturday BoJo @BorisJohnson when you will be watching Siya, the team and I hoist high Webb Ellis Cup. A STERLING showing once again by the @Springboks. Our national teams have just been doing amazingly on the international stage. #WALvRSA #RWC2019 #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/foDvuTNj5V
— Cyril Ramaphosa
(@CyrilRamaphosa) October 27, 2019
“Our national teams have just been doing amazingly on the international stage,” he added.
Other South Africans, including a gaggle of politicians, celebs and other sportspeople, joined President Ramaphosa in congratulating the Springboks.
Watch: South Africa is through to the #RWC2019 finals! Adlala amaBhokobhoko! Badlala abafana beAfrica! It was a tight match between the @Springboks & Wales with our boys putting their bodies on the line to ensure we reach the finals! Mooi #BOKKE Mooi! #RSAvWAL [Score:16:19] pic.twitter.com/guPqmV2Nik
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) October 27, 2019
— Mkhuleko Hlengwa MP
(@MkhulekoHlengwa) October 27, 2019
— Phumzile Van Damme (@zilevandamme) October 27, 2019
— Minister Jackson Mthembu (@JacksonMthembu_) October 27, 2019
Maan that was tough! Congratulations our boys!! We have to improve against England! #Springboks
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) October 27, 2019
— Patricia de Lille (@PatriciaDeLille) October 27, 2019
Up the BOKS !!
Bunch of to he Rugby World Cup winners ! pic.twitter.com/WjOTHPQ9Xb
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) October 27, 2019
— DJ Fresh (Big Dawg) (@DJFreshSA) October 27, 2019
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) October 27, 2019
— Minnie Dlamini Jones (@MinnieDlamini) October 27, 2019
— Leanne Manas (@LeanneManas) October 27, 2019
(We know Chris Froome isn’t exactly South African, but hey, all supporters of the Springboks are now adopted South Africans in our book.)
When is the final between the Springboks and England?
The Rugby World Cup final, between the Springboks and England, takes place next weekend Saturday 2 November in Yokohama at 11am.
On Friday, New Zealand will play Wales in the third-place play-off.