Owen Farrell Rugby World Cup final: What went wrong for England after defeating the All Blacks

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Owen Farrell England captain Owen Farrell walks past the Webb Ellis Cup after their World Cup final defeat to South Africa.

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England captain Owen Farrell walks past the Webb Ellis Cup after their World Cup final defeat to South Africa.

OPINION:England were magnificent against the All Blacks but everything that could have gone wrong did in their 32-12 defeat to South Africa in Saturday night’s Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama. 

The Springboks won their third World Cup, matching New Zealand’s record of global titles, and did to England what England did to the All Blacks in last weekend’s semifinals. 

England marched into the final as hot favourites after beating the All Blacks, the reigning champions, 19-7 with a performance widely considered one of the best in World Cup history.

But the brutal Boks bashed England to pieces in the decider in the third World Cup final defeat for the 2003 champions.Stufftakes a look at what went wrong for Eddie Jones’ side.

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Owen Farrell England lost Kyle Sinckler in the third minute after he was knocked out cold.

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England lost Kyle Sinckler in the third minute after he was knocked out cold.

SINCKLER KNOCKED OUT

Owen Farrell England's players were dejected after the final gong sounded.

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England’s players were dejected after the final gong sounded.

The powerful tighthead had been in excellent form in Japan but he was cruelly denied the chance to take part in rugby’s biggest game when knocked unconscious in a freak early collision with his own team-mate, Maro Itoje. It was nothing more than an accidental collision between two players attempting a tackle and Sinckler’s night was over after three minutes, though he was fine to walk off before taking his place on the bench, looking distraught. 

England failed to overcome this setback and Sinckler’s replacement, 95-test veteran Dan Cole, stepped on to the turf more than 40 minutes sooner than anticipated and he could not live with the intensity of South Africa’s front row. 

Sinckler’s absence was also felt as England struggled to get over the advantage line against South Africa’s ferocious defence. Tendai Mtawarira, “the beast”, had Cole’s number and England conceded multiple scrum penalties in the first half as South Africa wore down the English forwards. Handre Pollard kept the scoreboard ticking and the Boks were buoyant at half-time, leading 12-6.

ATTACK FALLS FLAT

England’s attack looked so efficient against the All Blacks, despite failing to convert a handful of excellent try-scoring chances. Agai

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