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OPINION:England went down 32-12 to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama on Saturday night.
Here are their player ratings after losing a third World Cup final. It was a rematch of the 2007 decider the Springboks won 15-6 in Paris, France.
Elliot Daly 4:Not commanding in the air as South Africa kicked high and was not convincing in attack. Costly fumble led to the Springboks leading 12-6 at half-time after another scrum penalty.
Anthony Watson 5:Safe pair of hands against South Africa’s kicking onslaught but was starved of possession and gave away an unnecessary penalty in the final quarter when nudging his opposite winger, Makazole Mapimpi, in an attempted kick chase. It just allowed South Africa to suffocate the English further.
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Manu Tuilagi 4:His first powerful carry of note seemed to lift England’s confidence when his side looked rattled in the first half but had a quiet game.
Owen Farrell 5:The skipper has been a talismanic figure and his boot kept England in the game. Shifted to first five-eighth in the second half but Mapimpi’s 66th-minute try, South’s Africa first in a World Cup final, was a killer blow to his hopes of lifting the Webb Ellis Cup.
Jonny May 6:Defied hamstring niggle and gave it back to the Springboks with strong, determined carries. Also looked solid defending those South African bombs but did not complete the game.
George Ford 3: Not always assured under the high ball and played nervously but so did plenty of his team-mates. Kicking game was off and was a target in England’s defensive line. He was too ponderous in
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