How do you put in words what every single South African feel right now? World Champions of 2019 beating England 32-12.
How do you not get emotional after witnessing one of the greatest victories from a Springbok side in a World Cup. This same team that 2 years ago lost to Italy and were down and out have brought back the pride and passion in the Springbok jersey.
At the end the emotions was not just with the fans but even with the big man Thor.
The Springboks could not asked for a better start to the game kicking off and putting England under pressure from the start.
The straggle hold the Springboks forwards had on this England team just did not let up and eventually outmuscle England to eventually just blew them off the park in that final 10 minutes.
England just could not get into the game and they tried some many fancy things in their own half which played in the brilliant defence of the Springboks.
It was a turnover from the man of the match Vermeulen that open the scoring with Pollard kicking the first points.
England did get back into things with great interplay from their big men and with a few forced penalties got into the Springbok half for Farrell to get their first points on the board.
It was not just a massive performance from the Springboks pack they surprise England and everyone with the ease they played with their back getting over the advantage line 99% of the time.
Pollard put the Springboks in the lead again to 6-3. Springboks let the English back in the game and they were playing some dominated play deep in South African half with the Springboks throwing everything in defence.
England did came away with a penalty and Farrell had no problem to even things up again.
As it was with the trend of the game that far Pollard had another kick at goal and put South African back into the lead 9-6 with a minute to go.
Another brilliant scrum just before halftime saw Pollard extend that lead to 12-6 at the break.
Rassie would have said to his guys to keep playing the way they did as England had no answer to the brutality of the Springboks.
The first 20 minutes of the second half would have always been important and the Springboks came out firing with another penalty to extend that lead to 15-6.
This was short lived though as Farrell got his opportunity again with the boot to reduce it again to 15-9.
The game was on a knife edge and it was clear that the team scoring the first try would take a huge step in winning it. The Springboks defence was massive stopping everything England threw at them.
It was another penalty from Pollard that extend it again to 18-9 with the Springboks looking like they were the stronger side going into the final 20 minutes.
England were good from the kickoffs and got another penalty which Farrell kicked over to reduce it again to 18-12, but then Am and Mapimpi magic come to the game.
It was from a deep kick that Willie Le Roux got the ball and it went to the short side were Marx send Mapimpi away who kick the ball for Am to pick up behind the English and pass back to the Springbok winger to get the first try of the final.
South Africa lead 25-12 after 70 minutes 🔥🇿🇦
— SuperSport 🏉🏆 (@SuperSportTV) November 2, 2019
This gave the Springboks the breathing space they need with 14 minutes to go. The TMO did check the try but all was good for all South Africans to celebrate.
With the lead of 25-12 the Springboks just started to play with more freedom and England looked done.
England try as they might and even try to speed up the game but the Springboks defence was just too good for them as they got stopped every time they touch the ball.
It was the turn of South African hero to put the seal on the victory when Cheslin Kolbe did what only Cheslin can do and sidestep his way to the line for the Springboks second try.
This just left for Jérôme Garcès to blew the final whistle to gave South Africa their third World Cup equaling the All Blacks in this regard.
The scenes were unbelievable and just made us so proud to be South Africans on the day that Siya Kolisi lifted the William Web Ellis Trophy in Japan.
England: Penalties – Owen Farrell(4)
Springboks: Tries – Makazole Mapimpi, Cheslin Kolbe Conversions – Handre Pollard(2) Penalties – Handre Pollard(6)
What was said after the match….
England Captain Owen Farrell
Springbok Captain Siya Kolisi
England coach Eddie Jones
Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus
Man of the Match Duane Vermeulen
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