• Graphic: The backbone to Boks’ success

    The Springboks’ World Cup triumph was based largely on a foundation of immense defence and a formidable set piece.

    If there were any doubts about this, take a look at these standout statistics highlighted in our graphic.

    Besides conceding just four tries all tournament, the Boks lost just one lineout out of 69, which is a massive credit to the team’s hookers and the organisation of the forwards as a whole.

    Beyond that, the Springboks recorded a commendable 87% tackle success rate, but what was also a highlight is just how many of these hits were dominant.