Joel Stransky scored the winning drop kick just in extra-time. Prior to the tournament, the Springboks were seeded only ninth in the world and were not expected to dethrone the incumbent champions Australia, who had not lost a game in the preceding 12 months. During the tournament, South Africa beat Australia, Romania, Canada, Western Samoa and France. They then met New Zealand in the final at Ellis Park Stadium. Francois Pienaar played on in extra-time despite a calf strain and the Springboks secured their three-point victory with Stransky’s famous kick. During the remarkable post-match presentation Nelson Mandela, wearing a Springbok jersey bearing Pienaar's number, presented him with the Web Ellis Cup. In his acceptance speech, Pienaar said the team won the trophy not just for the 60 000 fans at Ellis Park, but also for all 43 million South Africans. Pienaar was portrayed by Matt Damon in the movie Invictus, released in December 2009, which focused on the story of the 1995 World Cup.
Prominent academic Godfrey Nakene was born in Ga-Ramokgopa, Pietersburg on this day in 1908.
Through the intervention of Reverend Peter Raynes, Nakene was allowed to enrol at the University of the Witwatersrand and he became the first black South African to receive a BA degree from the institution. In the 1950s, Nakene obtained a University Education Diploma (UED) from the University of South Africa. His first appointment was as principal of the Dutch Reformed School in Johannesburg. Nakene led Orlando High School and its staff through turbulent times, and when he left Orlando, the school was renamed in his honour to the Nakene High School. In 1969, he was promoted to circuit inspector in the Ramokgopa Circuit. In 1973, Nakene retied and turned to his love for farming. He concentrated on cattle on his farm in Kameelrivier in the Groblersdal district that he had bought in September 1954. He died on his farm in January 1983.