As a result, the Springboks won their third world championship, 32-12, extending their dominance of the Southern Hemisphere.
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A favored England team lost 32-12 to South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday, extending the Southern Hemisphere’s dominance.
With tries by Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe late in the second half, the South Africans broke a tight defensive struggle. South Africa has also won the Rugby World Cup title in 1995 and 2007.
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Eddie Jones, whose team entered the final as a heavy favorite, said the South Africans were “just too strong.”
After both teams delivered punishing tackles in the first half, several players left the game early due to injuries. In the end, it was South Africa’s powerful forward pack that set the tone, forcing England to concede several penalties during scrums, which led to a 12-6 South Africa lead at halftime after Handré Pollard scored four penalty goals.
Owen Farrell converted two penalty goals for England.
In the second half, South Africa won another penalty, and Pollard converted a long-range kick to make it 15-6. However, England turned the tables with another kick by Farrell that made it 15-9.
However, South Africa resisted the English, and Mapimpi broke free on the left wing in the 67th minute, when he bounced a kick pass into Lukhanyo Am’s arms. When Am scooped up the ball, he shoveled it back to Mapimpi, who took it over for the first time.
In the 74th minute, Kolbe scored the game-winning try after getting the ball on the right wing and dancing around several defenders. Pollard converted.
In Japan, the Springboks, as the team is known, lost to two-time defending champions New Zealand in their opening match.
There were echoes of South Africa’s first World Cup title in its third.
“Siya’s got a lot of weight on his shoulders in terms of the role as captain, with regards to the makeup of our country and our nation — where we’ve come from, where we are right now,” Louw said. “It’s a role he’s grasped fully. I’ll never forget the first thing he did as captain was encourage those around him to support him and help him lead.”
“Since I have been alive I have never seen South Africa like this,” he said. “With all the challenges we have, the coach said to us that we are not playing for ourselves any more, we are playing for the people back home — that is what we wanted to do today.
“We appreciate all the support — people in the taverns, in the shebeens, farms, homeless people — there were screens there — and people in the rural areas. Thank you so much, we appreciate the support. We love you South Africa, and we can achieve anything if we work together as one.”