- President Cyril Ramaphosa admitted that he missed Makazole Mapimipi's historic try during the Rugby World Cup final
- Ramaphosa was unable to contain his nerves and left to the loo just before the try was scored
- The revelation emerged as the Boks embarked on their trophy tour across South Africa
The Rugby World Cup final contested between South Africa and England was a tense affair for the majority of the match.
Makazole Mapimpi's brilliant try brought a huge roar from the crowd at the Yokohama Stadium and brought other South Africans to their feet.
Ironically, one of the most important figures at the venue missed the magical moment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said, "I must confess though that during the match I did have feelings of nervousness. When they scored their first try I had gone to the gents because of my own nervousness."
Upon his return, Ramaphosa realised that the Boks had scored a try, but he was on hand to witness the magnificent second try scored by Cheslin Kolbe.
Ramaphosa's admission was made as he addressed a large crowd that gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
IOL reported that Springbok captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus momentarily handed the Webb Ellis trophy to the president at the venue.
An appreciative Ramaphosa added that the momentous victory lifted the spirits of the nation and he thanked the Springboks for doing so.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Kolisi then thanked all the passionate supporters and paid tribute to Erasmus for giving them the confidence to reach greater heights.
The event was merely one of the Springboks' many stops yesterday as they kicked off their trophy tour.
South Africans across the country will have a chance to meet their World Cup winning heroes as the tour commences to Durban on Friday, followed by East London and Port Elizabeth, and concluding in Cape Town on Monday, 11 November.
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