Springboks claim 2019 RWC title beating England
2019-11-02 at 16:51
Tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe sealed a third Rugby World Cup triumph for South Africa as Rassie Erasmus’s side broke English hearts with a near-flawless forward display, backed up by 22 points from Handré Pollard in a 32-12 win.
Eddie Jones’s side spent much of the game within a converted try of taking the lead but could not get on the front foot, before South Africa’s backs sprung into life with 12 minutes to go.
Mapimpi first completed a flowing move for his sixth try of the tournament – and his nation’s first in a World Cup final – and Kolbe added another as the scoreline pulled out.
South Africa had gone in at half-time leading 12-6 after a bruising, attritional display from their forwards.
An error-prone England were forced into mistakes, and Pollard punished them by kicking four out of his five penalties.
The early stages of the second half saw a ferocious set-piece battle intensify, with Owen Farrell and Pollard exchanging kicks as the momentum swung back and forth.
Pollard stretched the lead to nine points after the Springboks had dominated the scrum, but Farrell cut the gap and England soon had the chance to move within three points – but Farrell sent his effort agonisingly wide.
Henry Slade replaced George Ford, with Farrell switching to fly-half, before Pollard extended the lead to nine with another clinical penalty kick.
South Africa were targeting Elliot Daly under the high ball to good effect, but Farrell put England back within a converted try after man of the match Duane Vermeulen held on under pressure.
Mapimpi’s breakthrough then put the result beyond doubt and Kolbe added the finishing touch.