Owen Farrell Everyone had one big game at the World Cup

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Owen Farrell Jordie Barrett and team mates after losing the Rugby World Cup semi-final to England.

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Jordie Barrett and team mates after losing the Rugby World Cup semi-final to England.

OPINION:But for Jordie Barrett flinging a ball infield to gift Willie le Roux a try at Wellington last year, it could all have been different.

The Springboks would have lost that test match, Rassie Erasmus would probably have walked the plank and the Boks might not have won the World Cup.

It’s irrelevant now because at Yokohama the Springboks not only saved the Sanzaar countries’ blushes, but they made it eight World Cup wins to the Southern Hemisphere and one to the Northern.

That keeps the Europeans nicely in their place – had England won they would have been insufferable. Especially when they dine out on penalties and run the ball mostly on a penalty advantage. In four World Cup finals they have boasted one try.

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Mind you, it was South Africa who won the ugliest World Cup game ever staged, against Wales in the semifinals.

However, the Springboks are gracious in defeat and humble in victory, whereas England can neither win nor lose with grace, epitomised by them shedding their losers’ medals.

But full marks to Rassie. He had the gumption to appoint the first black player as captain, Xhosa flanker Siyamthanda Kolisi, and also had

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