Springboks seal third Rugby World Cup in Japan
Springboks clinch RWC title to sit alongside 1995 and 2007 successes
South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe celebrates his late try in Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final win
Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe tries, plus 22 points via the boot of Handre Pollard, saw a monstrously-physical South Africa seal a third Rugby World Cup triumph, beating an off-colour England 32-12 in Yokohama.
Owen Farrell notched all of England’s points off the tee courtesy of four penalties, but Eddie Jones’ charges were punished for repeated errors and unable to get past a staunch South Africa defence.
The Springboks make history as the first nation ever to lose a Rugby World Cup game – their opening Pool B clash with New Zealand – and go on to lift the cup, while also becoming the first side to win a Rugby Championship or Tri-Nations title and World Cup in the same year.