On Instagram, Johnny Sexton, the fly-half for Ireland, playfully poked fun at South Africa’s decision to heavily favor forwards with a 7-1 split among their substitutes.
Ireland continues to hold the top spot in Pool B, having secured a thrilling and low-scoring victory over defending champions South Africa in a World Cup battle in Paris.
In the early stages of the match, South Africa gained the lead with Manie Libbok’s successful penalty, but Ireland responded with Mack Hansen’s try.
Although Cheslin Kolbe managed to score for the Springboks, Libbok’s missed conversion allowed Johnny Sexton’s penalty to push Ireland into the lead.
In a tense finish, Ireland’s defense withstood considerable pressure, and Jack Crowley’s late penalty secured a truly memorable victory.
He wrote on Instagram: “Hon the backs”
Reacting to the post, one fan read: “Johnny Sexton destroyed the Book with just three words.”
Another said: “Sexton has zero chill.”
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