RWC 2023: Woman Posts TikTok Video of Crowd Singing at Moment Handrè Pollard’s Penalty Clinched Win

RWC 2023: Woman Posts TikTok Video of Crowd Singing at Moment Handrè Pollard’s Penalty Clinched Win

  • Many South African rugby fans are excited about the Springboks' final game in the Rugby World Cup 2023
  • The Bokke will play against New Zealand's All Blacks in a highly anticipated game for the Rugby World Cup championship
  • A TikTok video of igwijo dubbed over a video of fans singing just before South Africa defeated England went viral, and NMMU isiXhosa lecturer Dr Andiswa Mvanyashe discussed the tradition

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A TikTok creator posted a video showing everyone seeing the Springboks win against England. The South African rugby team has to defeat the New Zealand All Blacks to win the Rugby World Cup for the fourth time.

TikTok video shows gwijo for Springboks'
A TikTok shows South Africans supporting Springboks with igwijo for the RWC 2023. Image: @mandytheaunt
Source: TikTok

Online users were touched by the video of people singing to support the Springboks. Dr Andiswa Mvanyashe, an NMMU IsiXhosa Language Practitioner, explained why TikTok users keep using igwijo to support Springboks.

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South Africans sing for Springboks

@mandytheaunt posted a video of the moment South Africans sang and cheered for the Bokke. The video shows the moment when Handrè Pollard made the best of a penalty that guaranteed Springboks the win.

Watch the video:

Why was SA singing amagwijo for Springboks?

The TikTokker put the audio of a clip of the fighter's gwijo that has become a viral sound bite to support the Springboks on the short-form video platform. Dr Andiswa Mvanyashe from NMMU explained that igwijo are considered to be powerful call-and-response songs that connect the living with the ancestral realm and are used at various events. She told Briefly News:

"In recent times, igwijo is performed in sporting events. Some music groups specialize in amagwijo (pural), such as igwijo Avenue and Gwijo Squad. They reintroduced the love and spirit of Igwijo to the society. Siya Kolisi, captain of the Springboks) is one of those who loves to perform Igwijo before games to lift their spirits, as well as after games to celebrate a win."

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Watch the original:

SA eager to join amagwijo for final

The video reminded people of how they need to show the Springboks' support. Many commented that they looked forward to participating in more singing igwijo on the final day.

tiisetsoditako said:

"The joy that the Springboks bring to this country is massive; they are the only team that makes us, love, love them."

nomalindzo wrote:

"Let's focus on Springboks for now and forget the price of eggs and potatoes. Go Bokkies."

jillianmccarthy50 added:

"I was part of this. We had an awesome time. Go bokke, go"

mandytheaunt, the creator, asked:

"Going back next week?"

jillianmccarthy50 replied:


@_NuttySt addeD:

"I was here for the 2019 Final, and I wouldn't miss it for the world this coming Saturday. Go Bokke!"

mandytheaunt, the creator, commented:

"That’s great see you there! "

user5538794039781 declared:

"Win or not this weekend.BOKKE, you gave us this...we thank you, and we continue to stand with you to the last end, Bokke."

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Springboks leave SA proud

It has been a whirlwind week after the Springboks who ran against England. Many online users look forward to seeing how the Springboks perform against New Zealand.

Motorists shut down street to celebrate Bokke's victory

Briefly News previously reported that a video of South African drivers throwing a wild celebration after the Springboks defeated England is blowing up all over the internet.

South Africa snatched a nail-biting win against England, securing their spot in the Rugby World Cup final against New Zealand.

What's even crazier is that Handrè Pollard's last-minute penalty kick made it happen, giving South Africa a 16-15 win on Saturday night.

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