The game that made a nation fills our No. 2 spot. Although if you ask a South African they will surely tell you that this isn't just their most memorable Rugby World Cup game, but most memorable game in sports history.
The heavily favoured All Blacks entered the 1995 final on the back of their dominant performance over England, while the Springboks scraped through after a tight encounter with France. Despite this, it would be foolish to write the Springboks off. Beating the Springboks in South Africa has proved to be the greatest challenge for the All Blacks. Beating the Springboks in South Africa, while having the extra incentive of possibly changing South Africa, was going to be near impossible.
All the talk was of rugby's newest superstar, Jonah Lomu. How many tries would he score? How did you stop him?
The answer to these questions was zero, and by simply tackling him as a team.
The Springboks shut down Lomu better than he's ever been shut down before, while also remaining rock solid all over the park. It was a tremendous effort to hold this All Black team to no tries.
The All Blacks matched this defensive intensity, holding the Springboks tryless also.
After 80 minutes the score was locked at 9-all, meaning the World Cup would go into extra time for the first time.
Both teams traded penalties, before Joel Stransky kicked that fateful dropped goal minutes from the end, giving South Africa a 15-12 win.
Nelson Mandela presented the trophy to Francois Pienaar at the postgame presentations and South Africa became united.
If you only watch one of the video's in the article, make it this one. A very good short film on the story of South Africa's 1995 Rugby World Cup win.