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- England were outplayed by South Africa who put in an excellent defensive performance
- England made a number of costly errors throughout the match failing to execute
South Africa won the Rugby World Cup for a record-tying third time on Saturday, using its power at the set piece to seize control before scoring two clinical late tries through its wingers in a 32-12 victory over England.
It is three from three in finals for the Springboks, after previous wins in 1995 and 2007, and they have finally scored a try in a title match, too, with Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe crossing out wide in the final 13 minutes.
It ensured the Springboks became the first team to lose a game and rebound to win the World Cup, having lost to two-time defending champion New Zealand in the group stage last month.
England was outplayed in every aspect in a flat display in Yokohama, a week after delivering possibly the greatest performance in its history to overwhelm the All Blacks in the semifinals.
But the Springboks didn’t let them play, putting on the squeeze at the scrum – where they won four of fly-half Handre Pollard’s six penalties – and using their rolling maul to great effect.
Leading 18-12 with a quarter of the game left, the Springboks opened up and showed the other side of their game.
Mapimpi kicked ahead from the left wing and was on hand to receive a pass from center Lukhanyo Am to race over near the posts in the 67th minute.
Kolbe’s try was even better, the right winger scampering down the touch line before sidestepping England captain Owen Farrell and running through unchecked in the 74th.
That Mapimpi and Kolbe scored the tries and Siya Kolisi led the Boks out as captain made this a poignant and transcendent night for a country still trying to fully emerge from the apartheid era.
It was 24 years ago when they won their first World Cup title in front of the late Nelson Mandela, a year after he became president in a democratic election after decades of racial segregation and his own imprisonment for 27 years.
Two years ago, South African rugby was on its knees – beaten 57-0 by the All Blacks and losing by a record margin to Ireland. Rassie Erasmus came in as coach in February 2018, got the team playing to its strengths and the Boks are world champions for the third time from seven editions they have played.
New Zealand has also won the biggest prize in rugby three times, but having played in nine tournaments.
The South African fans celebrating their victory
Credit to South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus
South Africa’s game plan was not overly complicated but it was very effective. The Springboks kicked and chased well again but they also spread the ball wide a bit more in this game. They identified that there was space to be had outside the 13 channel if they could get there – something New Zealand failed to execute.
Players that stood up for England today
Maro Itoje, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson all put in a good shift today. Manu Tuilagi did fine as well but was not given masses of opportunities. Joe Marler made a huge difference off the bench in the scrum.
The rest of the side will be disappointed with their personal performances with far too many individual errors to win a World Cup final.
This looks even better/more painful, depending on your viewpoint, in slow-mo
Frans Steyn wins his second World Cup!
England will be very disappointed with their execution
England made a lot of errors throughout the match that just were not there against the All Blacks. There were a lot of knock-ons, lineouts lost and balls kicked straight into touch. That, along with the scrum struggles, kept England on the backfoot against a strong Springbok defence.
The loss of Kyle Sinckler in the third minute should also not be underestimated. The Harlequin has been one of the players of the tournament and given Dan Cole’s struggle at scrum-time, his loss cannot be overlooked.
Great moment between South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and captain Siya Kolisi!
The curse of beating the All Blacks?
Schalk Brits is now a World Cup winner
One of rugby’s good guys Schalk Brits is now a World Cup winner. Quite the story after announcing his retirement from the game over a year ago. Good decision to come back.
Owen Farrell addressed his side at the end of the match
Here is Siya Kolisi’s incredible story
“If you don’t live in South Africa, you can’t possibly understand how significant Siya’s story is.” A bit on the Springboks captain who is hoping to make history today https://t.co/e5e9P5cNj3
— Tom Cary (@tomcary_tel) November 2, 2019
Here is the winning captain’s interview
Here is Eddie Jones’ interview after the match
Siya Kolisi lifts the trophy
Amore significant leader could not be lifting the trophy right now.
Read our Rugby World Cup final 2019 player ratings: Who starred and who struggled in Yokohama defeat?
The players are on the podium
The whole squad and staff have gathered to lift the trophy.
The Springboks are going up to collect their medals
Siya Kolisi leads his team up.
Comeback by South Africa after an opening game loss
A lot of those Saracens players are not used to losing
Maro Itoje does not want that runner up medal around his neck – neither does Kyle Sinckler.
The players stand on the pitch, arms folded.
Here is the trophy being delivered onto the pitch
England are going up to collect their runner up medals
The team look distraught as you would expect. George Ford looks devastated.
Eddie Jones has now lost two World Cup finals as a head coach
Eddie Jones was rightly praised for England’s semi-final performance but this loss opens up some questions.
Does Eddie Jones want to stay? How will he recover from another World Cup final defeat?
Bryan Habana hopes a generation will be inspired back in South Africa
Former Springbok winger Bryan Habana hopes the World Cup victory will inspire a new generation of players to take up the game.
“It is absolutely phenomenal,” Habana said on ITV. “No one expected as commanding a victory.
“I think they won almost every big play, with their ability to do it up front, but some of the tries we saw were absolutely phenomenal.
“I’d love to see the scenes back home because this can be a catalyst.
“You feel for the English because they’ve been incredible throughout the whole tournament but for these boys this will mean so much more than rugby. It will be so much bigger than the sport.
“From a South African perspective, hopefully a new generation of blacks will have been inspired by a team that has carried the hopes and dreams of a nation and done it incredibly well.”
Richie McCaw is bringing the trophy out onto the pitch
He is driven onto the pitch in a cart – the Web Ellis Trophy glimmering under the stadium lights.
The Springboks just do not lose World Cup finals
Here is Owen Farrell’s interview at the end of the match
The South African players are jubilant
The players are out on the pitch celebrating with the backroom staff. A wonderful victory for a team that was really struggling only 18 months ago.
South Africa continue the streak of winning a World Cup every 12 years
South Africa had never scored a try in a World Cup final before this match
South Africa dominated that game and were deserved winners
England were poor, making mistakes but the Boks were very good. The defence of South Africa won them the game and the tournament.
FULL TIME! SOUTH AFRICA ARE WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS England 12 South Africa 32
South Africa drive the ball phase after phase running down the clock. The ball is then sent into the stands. That is that.
79 min: England 12 South Africa 32
Pollard carries the ball from the back of the scrum. South Africa drive forward.
The trophy engraving has started two minutes before the end – ouch.
78 min: England 12 South Africa 32
Pollard tries to slot a drop-goal but the ball goes well right off the posts.
England’s 22-dropout goes straight into touch. That sums up England’s execution today.
Here is the Cheslin Kolbe try:
77 min: England 12 South Africa 32
South Africa almost score again after a chip to the wing but the bounce evades Mapimpi.
England attack from their own 22 but England spill the ball under some superb linespeed from the Boks. Their defence has been incredible.
Vermeulen has been awarded player of the match.
75 min: CON Pollard England 12 South Africa 32
Two more points – this has turned into a comprehensive beating.
74 min: TRY! Kolbe England 12 South Africa 30
England win the lineout and finds Tuilagi in midfield. England spread the ball wide but Daly knocks it on. Steyn clears and Farrell returns the ball.
England build through the phases in their half. Slade then has the ball knocked out of his hand – the ball rolls into a Springbok hand and is spread out to Kolbe.
Kolbe finally has some space and he sprints away from Marler before stepping past Farrell with ease to score in the corner. Fantastic try.
71 min: England 12 South Africa 25
Joseph is on for May.
England need a penalty from this scrum. The scrum is reset as de Klerk fails to put the ball in. Time slowly ebbing away.
South Africa get the ball away from the scrum and de Klerk puts the ball into touch.
70 min: England 12 South Africa 25
England win a penalty and go quickly. Watson is unleashed down the right and makes 10 metres before being tackled by Steyn who is on for Le Roux. England then knock the ball on according to the TMO.
England were just over five metres out – they really needed to score then.
Here is the Makazole Mapimpi try:
68 min: England 12 South Africa 25
England attack down the left and Kolbe shoots out of the line knocking the ball on. He almost caught that so just a knock-on.
67 min: CON Pollard England 12 South Africa 25
Pollard adds two more points. Is that game over?
66 min: TRY! Mapimpi England 12 South Africa 23
South Africa attack through de Allende before the forwards take charge. The Boks are making yards here.
The ball is chipped through and Daly get there first. Youngs box-kicks the ball clear – Wilson makes a brilliant tackle.
South Africa then attack down the left. Mapimpi chips the ball over the top and Am regathers before passing to Mapimpi who scores.
TMO wants to check the offside on the kick. Looks all good.
What a try!
64 min: England 12 South Africa 18
South Africa send the ball high and Mapimpi claims the ball from Daly as they both catch it. Scrum to South Africa in England’s half.
63 min: MISSED PEN Pollard England 12 South Africa 18
The ball falls well short and England clear long. Louw is on for Kolisi.
62 min: England 12 South Africa 18
The two sides have exchanged kicks and Watson gives away a penalty for blocking Mapimpi. Romaine Poite on the touchline spotted that.
Pollard is going to go for goal from in his own half.
61 min: England 12 South Africa 18
England send up another box-kick and Kolbe claims it. Wilson almosts gets a turnover.
South Africa clear and England on the half-way line before sending the ball high. Le Roux claims it.
60 min: England 12 South Africa 18
Cowan-Dickie and Wilson are on for George and Underhill. Snyman is on for Etzebeth.
England drive Vermuelen into touch from a box-kick – great chase from May and Itoje. Lineout to England.
59 min: PEN Farrell England 12 South Africa 18
Tuilagi absolutely smashes Vermuelen from the kick-off and England win a penalty in South Africa’s 22. They really, really needed that.
Farrell has a chance to reduce the lead to six – and he does.
57 min: PEN Pollard England 9 South Africa 18
Pollard has an easy shot at goal to extend their lead.
And that is three more points for SA.
56 min: England 9 South Africa 15
Vunipola knocks the ball on from the 22 restart and South Africa win a massive chunk of territory from a Le Roux kick which Daly kicks into touch with a poor clearance.
South Africa win an offside penalty on the 22-line.
54 min: MISSED PEN Farrell England 9 South Africa 15
Farrell has another tricky shot at goal – 46 metres again but closer to the touchline.
The ball just slides right of the posts. England are back in the game but they needed those points.
53 min: England 9 South Africa 15
Itoje is lifted high to claim the kick-off. Youngs clears his lines and Underhill makes the tackle.
Le Roux kicks the ball away and Daly claims it – Farrell hammered Le Roux as he kicked it there.
England kick long and Pollard runs the ball back. That was an error and Curry gets over the ball winning the penalty. Pollard was very isolated.
51 min: PEN Farrell England 9 South Africa 15
What a scrum! England send South Africa back five, maybe 10 metres. Marler making an impact. Penalty to England in South Africa’s half.
Farrell lines up the kick from 46 metres out, toward the right touchline. Great strike!
50 min: England 6 South Africa 15
England turnover the ball at the maul from the resulting lineout. They needed that. Itoje at it again.
England need some momentum and they have brought on Slade for Ford. Big move by Eddie Jones.
49 min: England 6 South Africa 15
The scrum was much more even but then Marler is penalised for wheeling. That was harsh – could have gone either way. England are in serious trouble here.
47 min: England 6 South Africa 15
Marler is on for England – can he save the scrum?
England regain the ball from a bad clearance from de Klerk. Kruis then Curry carry in the midfield. Du Toit holds up Curry forming a maul. Scrum to South Africa on their 22.
Here we go Joe Marler!
46 min: PEN Pollard England 6 South Africa 15
Pollard steps up for another long range kick and it is over! What a strike.
45 min: England 6 South Africa 12
Kitshoff and Koch are on at prop for the Boks – wow! Why change a dominant scrum so early?
Well it made no difference, another scrum penalty to South Africa as George’s offload also went forward before going into touch.
43 min: England 6 South Africa 12
Kruis claims the lineout at the back and England attack right. After a kick is charged down England regather and attack.
Ford sends the ball high, pressuring the Springboks.
South Africa clear and England run the ball back through May. England then attack right and Curry finds some space before offloading to Watson. This is better from England as Underhill nearly breaks through.
England find space again but George’s offload rolls into touch.
41 min: England 6 South Africa 12
Pollard clears the ball from the kick-off. England kick the ball back and Pollard calls for the mark.
Lineout to England on the half-way line.
Here we go!
The second-half is underway. England send the ball long
George Kruis is on at half-time!
Some fans are more relaxed than others right now…
Mark and Victoria Penrose are drinking Prosecco!
They say “this is our first ever rugby match. Our 8 year old son has just got into it so we thought what better way to see our first match?”
Mark “I’m Australian, but not a typical one. I’m not on the beer!”
Scrum dominance has been key
South Africa have bullied England in the scrum, driving England back on nearly every occasion. They are not always driving straight but the momentum is persuading Garces to award the penalties to the Springboks.
With Sinckler going off three minutes in, England have no option on the tighthead which is where most of the problems have been. Joe Marler could be brought on at loosehead but Mako Vunipola is so important to England in the loose.
Sam Underhill has been one of the few bright sparks for England
England will need to make history
That was a shocking half for England
England made error after error in that half. They have been bullied at the scrum – although Garces seems to have ignored a couple of South African infringements along the way.
South Africa have been very good on the other ha
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