South Africa (the Springboks) have made it against England. The final score being 12-32 with SA taking the cup. The foundation for South Africa’s victory was built on its dominance. The Springboks destroyed the England scrum, endearing five penalties on this surface. England was on the back foot from the start after they have lost prop Kyle Sinckler to an injury in the third minute and it set the tone for a fear evening upfront. Bok’s initial props Frans Malherbe and Tendai Mtawarira were vast and when Vincent Koch and Steven Kitshoff arrived early in the second half, the springboks kept their foot on the throttle. Apart from one scrum where they managed to catch South Africa off guard, England kept on the back foot and it showed terminal. The Springbok’s coach Rassie Erasmus outwitted his counterpart Eddie Jones with the tactics that were employed on the day. Unlike prior in the tournament where there was extreme kicking from the Boks, they mixed things more in the final and that caught England off guard.
Springboks Performance in the RWC
The Springboks got their balance between when to kick spot on and when to run. They kept England predicting throughout the game. South Africa boasts of the best defensive system in world rugby currently. England could find no way over a firm South African wall. There was a time around the 30-minute mark when England had launched numerous attacking forays near South Africa try line, however, were held out. If they had scored a try, it would have given England a 10-6 lead and maybe the impetus of the competition would have swung. The Springboks are a team for big events. While SA cricketers and footballers often flatter to two-time, the rugby team proved itself as the one that steps up on the big stage. The Springboks played three Rugby World Cup finals and they won them all. They are the only nation to have made it to the World Cup final and never lost one.