South Africa ease to Rugby World Cup victory South Africa ease to Rugby World Cup victory
England were stunned by South Africa’s relentless intensity as their World Cup quest ended with a crushing 32-12 defeat in the... South Africa ease to Rugby World Cup victory
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By Press Association

South Africa’s Makazole Mapimpi celebrates his try with Faf de Klerk and Lukhanyo Am ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

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England were stunned by South Africa’s relentless intensity as their World Cup quest ended with a crushing 32-12 defeat in the final at International Stadium Yokohama.

A tense arm wrestle delivered its critical moment in the 66th minute when Makazole Mapimpi and Lukhanyo Am combined brilliantly down the left wing for the first of the Springboks’ two tries.

South Africa ease to Rugby World Cup victory
Handre Pollard kicks a penalty ©INPHO/James Crombie

England’s defence was unlocked by the speed and accuracy of a move that saw Mapimpi cross to become the first Springbok to score a try in a World Cup final, although there was also a hint of a forward pass.

And with Eddie Jones’ men forcing their attack in desperate pursuit of an unlikely comeback win, wing Cheslin Kolbe switched on the afterburners to deliver the knockout punch with six minutes remaining.

South Africa ease to Rugby World Cup victory
England’s Dan Cole, Jamie George and Joe Marler in the scrum ©INPHO/James Crombie

The victory maintains South Africa’s 100 per cent record in finals and enables Siya Kolisi’s team to join the famed Springboks of 1995 and 2007.

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