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Monday, November 4, 2019


South Africa have won the Rugby World Cup for the third time, overpowering England 32-12 in Yokohama to run out comfortable and deserved winners.

The Red Rose had gone into the game much fancied after defeating New Zealand in the semi-finals, but there were unable to get their game going and were well beaten come the final whistle.
The Springboks missed a penalty within the opening couple of minutes in Yokohama, before the Red Rose were dealt a huge blow when prop Kyle Sinckler was forced out of the game due to a head injury.
The boot dominated for the remainder of the first half, with Handre Pollard kicking four penalties for the Boks and Owen Farrell responding with two for England.
Pollard extended their lead to 15-6 early in the second half as he booted his fifth penalty of the game, with England penalised again as they struggled at the scrum.
It was 18-6 when Pollard landed yet another penalty, with the deficit reduced by three when Farrell responded with a third penalty of the evening.
The first try of the game eventually arrived 14 minutes from time when a quick break down the right touchline culminated in Makazole Mapimpi crossing unopposed, with Pollard adding the extras.

Pollard landed a second conversion after winger Cheslin Kolbe skipped in to add further salt to the England wounds, with the result put well beyond any doubt by the second Boks try.

England under Eddie Jones had a wonderful tournament, but came up short in the end against a wonderful South Africa side, who re-invented themselves in that final to produce an almost flawless display of defensive brilliance, capped off by some delightful attacking flair.
The last time a team tried to do something like that was England in 1991 against the Wallabies - but it did not pay off. For the Springboks, it did.
The Boks capped off a third World Cup title - that gives them a better strike rate than the All Blacks just quietly (the Boks were banned in 1987 and 1991). They have now scored in a World Cup decider - but are still yet to concede a try in a World Cup final - an incredible effort.