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South Africa Thrash England To Win The 2019 Rugby World Cup

South Africa Thrash England To Win The 2019 Rugby World Cup

South Africa produced a stunning performance to secure a convincing 32-12 win over England and triumphantly lift the Rugby World Cup.

Rassie Erasmus' men took the early lead in the first half at the International Stadium Yokohama when Handre Pollard scored a penalty.

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But England, who put on a superb performance in the semi-finals to knock out holders New Zealand, levelled the scores when captain Owen Farrell scored a penalty in the 23rd minute.

However, minutes later Pollard returned to score another penalty to put the Springboks back into the lead.

Farrell would pull England level once again from a penalty before Pollard stepped up to score for the third time from a penalty.

Eddie Jones' England side were dealt a bigger blow in the first half as Pollard scored his fourth penalty for South Africa to put his side up 12-6.

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The Boks continued to put pressure on England in the second half and extended their lead to 15-6 through Pollard, who once again converted from a penalty.

England continued to fight back and Farrell scored another penalty to narrow the score to 9-15, only to miss a penalty in the 54th minute.

Pollard would make Farrell regret his miss when he put his side 18-9 up, but the England skipper would reduce the margin to six points when he scored another penalty.

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England's hard work in trying to mount a successful comeback was undone when Makazole Mapimpi scored a try, only for Pollard to convert and extend South Africa's lead.

With South Africa leading 25-12, Erasmus' men dealt the final nail in the coffin when Cheslin Kolbe scored a try and Pollard once again converted to cap off his excellent performance.

South Africa's third World Cup triumph puts them level with New Zealand for most World Cup wins by a nation.

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Topics: Rugby, Rugby news, south africa, England, rugby world cup, Japan

Adnan Riaz

Adnan Riaz is a journalist for SPORTbible. He studied for a B.A. in History at the University of York and followed it up with an M.A. in Multimedia Journalism at MMU. Before he started writing about sports, he spent over four years in the gaming press. He has worked for several publications, including Hardcore Gamer, LADbible and the Manchester Evening News. Follow him on Twitter to find out what he is working on next. Got a story tip for Adnan? Email him: [email protected]

 

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