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South Africa beat England 32-12 to capture their third Rugby World Cup title and produced a first along the way, with winger Makazole Mapimpi scoring a drought-breaking try.
Springboks won the titles in 1995 against New Zealand and in 2007 against England in try-less finals.
Handre Pollard, who had scored all of South Africa’s points with six penalties, converted both tries.
Yokohama: South Africa stunned pre-match favourites England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday.
South Africa’s players celebrate winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final. AFP
The Springboks’ victory was built on a colossal performance by their powerhouse pack that allowed fly-half Handre Pollard to kick six penalties before Makazole Mapimpi’s 66th-minute try — the first the Springboks had scored in a World Cup final.
Fit-again fellow flyer Cheslin Kolbe then crossed from the other wing to put the result beyond doubt and set off celebrations for the South African public.
Victory ensured the Springboks made it three wins from three World Cup final appearances — after missing the first two editions because of apartheid — and maintained their record of being crowned champions at 12-year intervals following their 1995 and 2007 triumphs.
Saturday’s win also saw South Africa become the first team to win a World Cup having lost in pool play, with the Springboks beaten by reigning champions New Zealand in their Japan 2019 opener.
It was a tactical triumph for South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus, who has overseen a Springbok revival after taking charge two years ago following a miserable 2016.
Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s first b
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