England Have Lost Against South Africa In The Rugby World Cup Final

A 32-12 win over England has earned South Africa the third Rugby World Cup in their history.

At first there were high hopes, but these faded as the Springboks went steadily ahead and won 32-12, bringing disappointment for England fans, who had seen their team do so well against New Zealand in the semi-final.

That Mapimpi and Kolbe scored the tries and Kolisi led the Boks out as captain made this a poignant and transcendent night for a country still trying to fully emerge from the apartheid era.

The mastermind behind the Springboks' inspirational Rugby World Cup campaign, said it had been a privilege for the team to attempt to give South Africa a moment of hope.

Kolisi also said that the team had been inspired by the support from South Africa.

"I'm not sure why we came up short today, sometimes you never know", said the England head coach. People in the taverns, people in farms and homeless people and people in rural areas. "When you're in a tight, penalty-driven game, its hard to get any sort of advantage", Jones told BBC 5Live.

"We were tense all week and it was a awful build-up for that pool game".

"This was my first coach as a World Cup and the All Blacks game in the pool stages was a great test run for us in terms of handling pressure".

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Coach Eddie Jones said England, who stunned defending champions New Zealand a week ago, were unable to make headway against heavyweight South Africa. I can't tell you much how much respect I have got for them.

"We struggled to get into the game, and when we had opportunities we didn't take them".

"Rosie and I will be happy for the other whatever the result - even if bragging rights will be decided for the next four years", said Ken, 37, a wine merchant originally from Johannesburg.

Wallabies legend Phil Kearns said it was a "major blow for England" with the ability Sinckler has in offloading and impact in the scrum with his replacement Dan Cole now needing to play 78 minutes.

"We finished second - a silver medal is not as good as a gold medal, but I am proud of my players and proud of the way they have conducted themselves in Japan".

The pair will be watching at home in Birmingham while wearing the Mr and Mrs South Africa and England shirts bought for them as a wedding present. It's one of those things that happens in high-level rugby.

"They are obviously a brilliant side, and they played brilliantly today".

"It's a tale of a scrum that's being slaughtered in the set piece and if your foundation goes, there's not a lot you can do", England legend Stu Barnes said.

  • Lawrence Cooper