On the 2nd November 2019 in Yokohama, South Africa were crowned World Champions for a record-equalling 3rd time; and defeated England in the final for the 2nd time in 12 years. The Springbok performance was a perfect execution of game plan, wrestling the English favourites out of the game to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

Siya Kolisi lifts the Webb Ellis Cup.

The Springboks, renowned for their power-game throughout the tournament, dominated the set-piece which will be the stinging memory in every English fan’s mind. England’s loss of the man-mountain Kyle Sinckler made for an unexpected early change for Eddie Jones, and allowed the Springboks to assert themselves at scrum time. Whilst Dan Cole is a technically brilliant scrummager, Mtawarira proved too powerful. This was the tale of the match. The southern hemisphere side also asserted themselves early in the line out, with Etzebeth forcing a mistake 14 minutes in to unsettle the English line-out. The set piece was perhaps the tell-tale difference between the sides, yet there was more to their victory than just that.

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