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OPINION:As an avid New Zealand rugby fan, I’ve always been one to praise Beauden Barrett’s brilliance, Richie Mo’unga’s vision, and Kieran Read’s captaincy, but this World Cup taught me otherwise.
In 2011, it felt like New Zealand had earned a win, in 2015 it felt like we deserved one, but in 2019, I finally realised the arrogance of New Zealand rugby.
South Africa were the deserving champions of the World Cup, ousting an England team that looked little short of unstoppable the week before. Perhaps England’s killer mentality from the week before had subsided, but this hardly seems likely does it, especially for a World Cup final.
Instead, it seems that a South African team outclassed and outlasted an English side full of names and numbers, much like they dismissed both the fierce Wales challenge and the hype of a Japanese side just weeks beforehand. So, did England drop below the level that us, a biased spectator expected of them, or did South Africa win through game management and tactics?
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