Rugby World Cup 2019: South Africa win Rugby World Cup topping England in bruising final

South Africa have upset England in a bruising Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama, scoring a dominant 32-12 win.

The Springboks never trailed after taking the lead through a ninth minute penalty goal to the outstanding Handre Pollard.

England were thoroughly outplayed, a shadow of the side that shut down the All Blacks just seven-day earlier.

South Africa started superbly, harrasing a nervous England, that seamed overawed by the occasion of a World Cup final. 

Tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe and the goalkicking of Handre Pollard earned South Africa their third Rugby World Cup title.

South Africa led 12-6 at halftime through four Pollard penalties with Owen Farrell replying for an England team who had been bossed in the scrum, having lost injured prop Kyle Sinckler after three minutes.

South Africa, playing with far more ambition than in their semi-final win over Wales, kept up the pressure in the second half as England struggled to build any sort of momentum and Pollard nudged them 18-12 ahead after an hour.

Makazole Mapimpi scored the first try of the final.
Makazole Mapimpi scored the first try of the final. Photo credit: Getty

South Africa, playing with far more ambition than in their semi-final win over Wales, kept up the pressure in the second half as England struggled to build any sort of momentum and Pollard nudged them 18-12 ahead after an hour.

The Springboks then scored their first try in three World Cup finals when Mapimpi broke clear in the 66th minute, chipped ahead and collected the ball back from Lukhanyo Am, and recalled winger Kolbe then blasted through to put the gloss on a deserved win.

Flyhalf Pollard finished with 22 points.

South Africa 32 (Cheslin Kolbe, Makazole Mapimpi tries Handre Pollard 2 cons 6 pens) 

England 12 (Owen Farrell 4 pens) at Nissan Stadium

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