Owen Farrell South Africa’s remarkable Rugby World Cup final statistic

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Owen Farrell Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa breaks through to score his team's first try in the Rugby World Cup final victory over England.

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Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa breaks through to score his team’s first try in the Rugby World Cup final victory over England.

Makazole Mapimpi is being hailed as South Africa’s drought breaker after scoring the Springboks’ first try in a Rugby World Cup final at the third attempt.

Remarkably, South Africa had gone 245 minutes without scoring a World Cup final try until Mapimpi touched down in the 66th minute against England in Yokohama on Saturday night.

The Springboks beat England 32-12 to retain their proud record of having never lost a Rugby World Cup final following earlier triumphs in 1995 and 2007.

They shut out England for the full 80 minutes – for the second time in two Rugby World Cup final meetings – and have now gone 260 minutes without conceding a World Cup final try.

Owen Farrell Springboks mob Makazole Mapimpi after his Rugby World Cup final sealing try.

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Springboks mob Makazole Mapimpi after his Rugby World Cup final sealing try.

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Owen Farrell South Africa's Rugby World Cup final tryscorers Makazole Mapimpi (L) and Cheslin Kolbe embrace.

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South Africa’s Rugby World Cup final tryscorers Makazole Mapimpi (L) and Cheslin Kolbe embrace.

South Africa beat the All Blacks 15-12 after extra-time in the 1995 Rugby World Cup final in  a 100-minute epic at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park. Joel Stransky kicked three penalties and slotted two dropped goals to three penalties and a field

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