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.
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.
England rallied after a sluggish start and would get on the board through the boot of Owen Farrell.
The Springboks defended like champions, stopping England’s dangerous runners in their tracks and looking the better side going forward as well.
Duane Vermeulen put in a man of the match display, carrying aggressively and latching onto the ball at every opportunity in the loose.
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.
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.
Makazole Mapimpi capped a fine tournament with a superb try cerated by his own vision and the quick hands of Lukhanyo Am.
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.