Mario Tawfik Sports Editor, The Pawprint
South Africa broke English hearts with a ruthless display of rugby to go on and win their third World Cup title. The South African, Handre Pollard has secured a massive 22 points for the winning side, making him win the “Mastercard Player of the Match.” The Springboks has beaten the English men by a score of 32-12, ending the fascinating night with a 20 point difference. England had trailed 12-6 at the interval after taking a beating in the scrum in addition to making a series of handling errors.
Despite four penalties taken by captain Owen Farrell, they never had the chance to close that gap, as the Springboks produced an incredible game to match those of 1995 in Johannesburg and 2007 in Paris. Those were iconic moments for the rugby stained nation, as Siya Kolisi lifts the William Webb Ellis trophy as the first black man to captain the Springboks, to create a moment that will endure forever in the nation’s memory.
For England, this was a humbling end to the campaign that had promised to end the 16-year wait for the World Cup glory. They were out-played by a team fueled by ambition and skill. Never has a team beaten in the group stages gone on to win the trophy, but this is a great achievement to match that of the other South African wins.
- South Africa is the only team to have a 100% win rate in World Cup finals, winning each of their three appearances.
- South Africa has leveled with New Zealand to have won the World Cup the most amount of times (3 times).
- The Springboks 20-point victory is the joint second biggest win in the history of the World Cup finals.
- Billy Vunipola made 19 carries against South Africa, the most made by a player in a World Cup final.
- Owen Farrell scored 12 points in this match, taking him past 100 points in the Rugby World Cup, becoming the second player to ever reach that milestone for England in the World Cup after Jonny Wilkinson (277).