Mako Vunipola South Africa v England: How the Springboks rated in the Rugby World Cup final

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Mako Vunipola Willie Le Roux slices between Owen Farrell and George Ford during the Rugby World Cup final On Saturday.

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Willie Le Roux slices between Owen Farrell and George Ford during the Rugby World Cup final On Saturday.

OPINION:The Springboks are world champions after beating England 32-12 in the Rugby World Cup final. 

Here are Stuff’s ratings from the bruising clash in Yokohama.

Mako Vunipola YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - NOVEMBER 02: Faf de Klerk of South Africa performs a box kick during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 02: Faf de Klerk of South Africa performs a box kick during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Wille le Roux: Came into the game as the possible weak link but was strong under the high ball and showed his experience with some smart tactical kicking.7.5

Cheslin Kolbe: Defended like he was 120kg for the first 70 odd minutes and then showed the world his dancing feet to score a brilliant try as he cut inside a stunned Owen Farrell.8.5

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Lukhanyo Am: Dropped one pass when the Springboks were looking dangerous but also made a nice break that led to three points and then set up his Sharks team-mate Mapimpi for his try. 7.5

Damian de Allende: Carried strongly into the England inside backs and was a rock defensively. Carried out the game plan superbly.  7.5

Makazole Mapimpi: Few chances on attack but when he got his opportunity he took it brilliantly to grab the game defining second-half try. Aerial work was also superb.  8

Handre Pollard: Missed an early penalty but then quickly found his radar to kick six penalties and showed glimpses of his running game.8.5

Mako Vunipola Lodewyk de Jager walks off the field after sustaining a shoulder injury against England.

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Lodewyk de Jager walks off the field after sustaining a shoulder injury against England.

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