In the final of the Rugby World Cup, South Africa were too strong for favorites England. Was 32-12.
England never appeared in the play and were too weak to give South Africa a hard time.
At the break, South Africa were already 12-6 after four converted penalties by Hendre Pollard. In the second half he made two more thus crowning himself the match winner. Chelsea Kolbe did well with a try and decided the match in the final leg. Shortly before that, Makazol Mpimpi had also succeeded.
This is South Africa’s third world title after 1995 and 2007. Four years ago, the Springboks had to settle for bronze after losing in the semi-finals against New Zealand. The All Blacks surprisingly lost the semi-final against England this year, making England the immediate favorite for this final.
The All Blacks won the shortened final against Wales (40-17) on Friday.
With three world titles, South Africa and New Zealand now share the record.
For the time being, England is holding onto the world title it achieved in 2003. With their silver medals, the islanders are doing equally well in 1991 and 2007. Four years ago, England were desperately stuck in the group stage at the World Cup for their own people.
For this final England were widely praised for their agile, modern rugby. In the final, the British made the mistake of delving into the South African Springboks’ power game.