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Rugby World Cup: Springboks celebrate third world title



Dominating against the unrecognizable English, the South Africans won the final of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (32-12).

South Africa is on the roof of the world! At the end of a World Cup final dominated by the Springboks (32-12), the Rainbow Nation celebrates the third world title of its history (after 1995 and 2007), thanks to the kicks of Handré Pollard and to tries signed by Makazole Mapimpi (67′) and Cheslin Kolbe (74′). Stunning in their historic semi-final victory over the All Blacks (19-7), the English proved unrecognizable in this final and could not prevent the Springboks from lifting the prestigious Webb Ellis Trophy. Back on the match and the tries in pictures.
THE SUMMARY. A duel of scorers
The clash between two ultra-physical teams at Yokohama Stadium (Japan) on Saturday 2 November was set to be a Dantean affair. A final with the smell of revenge for the English who were defeated in 2007 against the Springboks who lifted their second world title in the Stade de France. In terms of composition, the Rose XV had chosen continuity for this final by lining up the same team as in the semi-final. For the Springboks, Cheslin Kolbe made his return to the South African starting XV to energize the three-quarter line.

From the outset, it was the South Africans who set the pace of the match. Rassie Erasmus’ men missed the opportunity to break the deadlock right from the start as Handré Pollard missed his first penalty of the match, not far from the halfway line (2′). Then the first hard blow of this match hit the English. Kyle Sinckler was forced to leave the field after a violent contact with Makazole Mapimpi (3′). He is evacuated and replaced by Dan Cole.
Under pressure from the Springboks, the Rose XV ended up conceding their first points. This time, Handré Pollard did not tremble. A few meters from the posts, the South African striker adjusted his shot and opened the score 3-0, 9′). A lesser evil for the Boks who dominate. On the other side, the English are not at all. However, the XV of the Rose ends up progressing and obtains a penalty. With a confident kick, Owen Farrell answers to the Boks (3-3, 23′) and puts the two teams on an equal footing. But this was without the efforts of the South African pack and the talent of Handré Pollard, who gave his team the lead a few minutes later (6-3, 26′). Proof of the intensity of this World Cup final, two new players are forced to give up their place, this time on the Springboks side: Bongi Mbonambi and Lodewyk « Lood » de Jager injured are replaced by Franco Mostert and Malcolm Marx on the Springboks side (22′). As expected, there is a lot of breakage at the beginning of the match.
Dominated, the English put a lot of pressure on the Boks. They were close to scoring the first try of the final, but finally got a penalty converted by Owen Farrell (6-6, 35′). But, undisciplined, the English conceded two new penalties just before the break (39′, 41′). Handré Pollard took his responsibilities and converted them to give them a significant six-point advantage. It is a real duel of scorers that the thirty players of this game offer us.

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