This is the “big one” when it comes to rugby battles: The Springboks VS All Blacks is the epitome of the Rugby World Cup. History will be made between these two sides, but who will prevail?

It’s an emotional time in South Africa at the moment, the #FeesMustFall protests are in full swing: all races joining in arms against the government. It’s a sad thing, but also so beautiful to see our country standing together. We are behind the students all the way. Our country needs it. It echoes what happened in 1995, with Mandela uniting a nation. The same can be said about the Springboks (sort of): they’re currently carrying our hopes and dreams with them in England for Saturday. While not being in the same category as the student protests currently under-way, but still flying the flag for South Africa. The Springboks are currently our voices in the sporting world (not just the Springboks, but Bafana and the Proteas as well), and they are there, showing the world exactly how much this means to us. A victory against the infamous All Blacks would be the cherry on the cake after such a historical week.

The Bokke are preparing for a most daunting task, facing our New Zealand counterparts. It’s an almost impossible task to topple the All Blacks. They have the skill to match any other rugby nation in the world. And we, the Springboks are bringing an “outdated” game plan to the fight, according to media sources and armchair-coaches anyway. But we are bringing the passion to the stadium come Saturday afternoon. We’ve been through a lot, we can withstand the most demanding situations and triumph over them. When we lost to Japan, we were written off by many (everyone), but then we showed glimpses of brilliance in our pool after the shock defeat to the Brave Blossoms. However, we still managed to get through it all and reach the Semi Finals. Some may believe that it was thanks to luck that we’ve progressed this far, though we call it the South African spirit. We survived and dominated the storm.

People are already comparing this year’s Semi Final to the Final back in 1995. We made history by becoming a democracy just the year before, and only the All Blacks were left standing in our way of the most-sought after Cup (in hindsight, two more games either way) and a player, very much in the mould of Jonah Lomu – Julian Savea. We reiterate, can we do it? Can we defy all the odds stacked against us?

So, now we are here, facing our greatest sporting rivals in a game of rugby, already being written off (again), and media outlets predicting an annihilation of our boys by the All Blacks team-train. Can we topple New Zealand, can we make the finals, and can we withstand the storm awaiting us on Twickenham? My heart says we can. We have the players, we have the passion, we are fuelled by the underdog tag, we are South Africa!

Come on boys! Let’s bring the trophy home! And even if you don’t make it, all of you will still be regarded as heroes in South Africa.