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South Africa beat England to win Rugby World Cup

South Africa beat England to win Rugby World Cup
November 02
14:06 2019
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South Africa defeated England to secure a thoroughly deserved third Webb Ellis trophy in style in Yokohama, Japan at the Rugby World Cup.

The Springboks made 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.

The South African team also became the first side to win a Rugby Championship or Tri-Nations title and World Cup in the same year.

Second half tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe gave the Springboks a dominant 32-12 win, as Eddie Jones’ men failed to live up to the standards they set in last week’s unforgettable win over New Zealand.

South Africa first won the Rugby World Cup in 1995 and claimed their second title in 2007.

England’s several errors cost them the coveted title.

From a 57-0 loss to the All Blacks in 2017 to world champions in two years, Springboks never lost a World Cup final in history, and have levelled the All Blacks’ record.

Speaking on the victory, Siya kolisi, Springboks striker: “It is really special and it was more than just a game for us. We are really grateful to have our families here and all I want to do is to inspire my kids and every other kid in South Africa.

“I never dreamed of a day like this at all. When I was a kid all I was thinking about was getting my next meal.

“A lot of us in South Africa just need an opportunity and there are so many untold stories. I’m hoping that we have just given people a bit of hope to pull together as a country to make it better.”

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