Handre Pollard made a well timed restoration from harm to cap a sensational 2023 by kicking the Springboks to a World Cup title defence.
Pollard as soon as once more proved to be the person for the large event in 2023, replicating his 2019 World Cup heroics regardless of a delayed name into South Africa’s squad.
A calf harm meant that the adorned flyhalf solely featured within the World Cup in France from sport 4, however he left his mark on the event.
Handré Pollard: kicking perfection
v Tonga – 4 from 4
v France – 2 from 2
v England – 3 from 3
v New Zealand – 4 from 4
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His fortunate break got here when Malcolm Marx suffered a tournament-ending harm, shortly earlier than Pollard made his return to motion for Leicester Tigers within the Premiership Rugby Cup.
Pollard’s first look for the Springboks in 2023 got here within the ultimate World Cup pool sport in opposition to Tonga and he proved his readiness by slotting 4 conversions in a 50-minute spell.
He adopted this up with a super-sub affect within the quarter-final in opposition to France, slotting a late penalty and conversion because the Springboks beat the hosts 29-24.
Pollard was as soon as once more named on the bench within the semi-final conflict with England, however was known as onto the sphere within the thirty first minute, with the Springboks struggling to get a foothold within the sport. As he did 4 years in the past on the similar stage in opposition to Wales, Pollard held his nerve to kick a 77th-minute long-range penalty to earn a slender win and get the Boks by means of to the ultimate.
Handed again the No 10 jersey in opposition to the All Blacks, Pollard kicked 4 first-half penalties to provide the Springboks a buffer to see out a 12-11 victory and retain the Webb Ellis Cup for the primary time of their historical past.
All in all, Pollard didn’t miss a single try at purpose on the World Cup, scoring 33 factors in 4 video games, together with his 12 within the ultimate.
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