Champions together – The Springboks’ World Cup triumph in pictures

The Springboks are the 2019 Rugby World Champions after a 32-12 demolition of England in Yokohama, Japan that allowed them to lift the Webb Ellis trophy for the third time.

The tournament was a special one with hosts Japan going all out to create a unique atmosphere for the first Rugby World Cup to be played in Asia.

Champions do the hard work

The Springboks built their game around the dominance of their forward pack, and put the heat on England from the very first scrum, looking like champions from the outset.

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Champions Together:South Africa’s scrum-half Faf de Klerk (bottom C) prepares to feed the ball into a scrum during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

The Springboks a chance to get on the board in just the second minute but Handre Pollard saw his well struck kick drift wide of the posts. In the early going The Springbok scrum monstered their English counterparts and were rewarded with a penalty advantage that allowed them to express themselves on attack and it would not be an isolated incident.

England suffered an early injury loss losing Kyle Sinckler to a knock in contact. Sinckler caught Maro Itoje’s elbow against his head and was knocked out, he walked off the field but would not return.

Pollard gave the Springboks the lead with a ninth minute penalty goal.

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South Africa’s fly-half Handre Pollard kicks the ball during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

England rallied after a sluggish start and would get on the board through the boot of Owen Farrell.

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England’s centre Owen Farrell kicks a penalty during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

The Springboks defended like champions, stopping England’s dangerous runners in their tracks and looking the better side going forward as well.

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Champions Together: England’s number 8 Billy Vunipola (L) is tackled by South Africa’s lock Eben Etzebeth during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

Duane Vermeulen put in a man of the match display, carrying aggressively and latching onto the ball at every opportunity in the loose.

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South Africa’s number 8 Duane Vermeulen (C) holds onto the ball during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

The Springboks led 12-6 at the break after putting in a great first half but had to be wary of an early England onslaught.

England showed plenty of ambition in attack and almost crossed the line for the first try of the match but were repelled by desperate Springbok defence.

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England’s prop Mako Vunipola (C) holds onto the ball after being tackled by South Africa’s prop Frans Malherbe (centre L) and South Africa’s prop Tendai Mtawarira (centre top) during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

Siya Kolisi was inspirational as leader of the team making fools of those who suggested he would be better off left on the bench. The skipper made tackle after tackle and helped the team impose themselves physically on England before he was substituted just before the hour mark.

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South Africa’s flanker Siya Kolisi (R) passes the ball beside England’s wing Anthony Watson during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Odd Andersen / AFP)

Makazole Mapimpi capped a fine tournament with a superb try cerated by his own vision and the quick hands of Lukhanyo Am.

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YOKOHAMA, JAPAN – NOVEMBER 02: Makazole Mapimpi of South Africa breaks through to score his team’s first try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Moments later Cheslin Kolbe skinned a couple of England forwards and Owen Farrell before sprintng in for a try that put the icing on a great Rugby World Cup triumph.

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Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa beats the tackles of Owen Farrell and Joe Marler to score the second try as Anthony Watson of England looks dejected during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Springboks celebrate

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Champions Together: Cheslin Kolbe of South Africa celebrates victory with his teammates after the Rugby World Cup 2019 Final between England and South Africa at International Stadium Yokohama on November 02, 2019 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
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South Africa’s flanker Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)
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South Africa’s head coach Rassie Erasmus holds the Webb Ellis Cup after winning the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)

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