Description England started as favourites for the final, however they had an unfortunate start to the game as Kyle Sinckler was removed from the pitch in the third minute after colliding with Maro Itoje, leaving the England squad with only one available tighthead prop. During the first half the only points scored were from penalties, with South Africa leading 12–6 at half time on account of several handling errors made by England. England had come close to scoring a try, but did not manage to penetrate the South African defence after 26 phases.
Two more successfully converted penalties on either side increased the score to 18–12 at the beginning of the second half, before Makazole Mapimpi scored the first try of the match in the 66th minute, raising South Africa's lead to 25–12 after the successful conversion kick. Cheslin Kolbe then followed up with another successful try eight minutes later, which all but confirmed South Africa's third Rugby World Cup title.
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Result List England 12
Pen: Farrell (4/5) 23', 35', 52', 60'
South Africa 32
Try: Mapimpi 66' c
Kolbe 74' c
Con: Pollard (2/2) 67', 75'
Pen: Pollard (6/8) 10', 26', 39', 43', 46', 58'
User Comments zag says: 1 week ago South Africa played brilliantly, well done to them. Deserved winners!
Other Event Name South Africa Rugby @ England Rugby