The Springboks are World Cup champions for the third time after beating England 32-12 in Saturday's final in Yokohama.
The team felt the weight of a nation's expectations on their shoulders, with South Africa in dire need of a unifying boost during a period of turmoil.
During his post-match interview coach Rassie Erasmus mentioned the focus on the "bad things" in the country and said the team decided that if they stand together and play well, good things will result.
Erasmus also thanked the SA fans for their support, saying the Boks never felt alone in Japan.
Listen to his message in the video below:
🗣"We never felt alone here in Japan. We felt our fans support all the way. We love them and can't wait to get back home."— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) November 2, 2019
Hear from @Springboks' coach Rassie Erasmus after his side's brilliant #RWCFinal performance#RWC2019 #ENGvRSA #WebbEllisCup pic.twitter.com/dsoUhrjBOX
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : 'We felt our fans' support all the way, we love them' - Springbok coach