Final Score: ENGLAND 12-32 SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s first black rugby captain lifted the trophy in the 2019 Rugby Final with the Springboks producing “their best display of the competition”.
The Mirror reports: “England suffered World Cup Final heartbreak against South Africa again, being comprehensively defeated by Rassie Erasmus’ side in Japan.
“After busting the All Blacks myth with a dominant display in the semi-finals, Eddie Jones’ men faced the two-time winners in Yokohama, arriving as favourites and looking to avenge their final defeat of 12 years ago.
“But the Springboks, an unflashy yet ruthlessly efficient, powerful team, were eager to end English hopes in the same way they had finished Wales bid six days previously.
“And a side that have been often criticised in Japan for the coldness of their displays, saved their best for last, doing to England what the Red Rose had done to New Zealand in the semi-finals, running out 32-12 winners and proving a class apart.
“Unfortunately, on the field, England fell to the joint second-heaviest defeat in Rugby World Cup final history, second best in almost every department as South Africa landed the Webb Ellis Trophy for the third time.
“The 26 year-old prop was knocked out as he attempted to make a tackle on South Africa winger Makazole Mapimpi – only to collide with the shoulder of Maro Itoje instead.
“Referee Jerome Garces immediately called a halt to play and Sinckler eventually walked from the field after medical treatment, being replaced by Dan Cole.
“Sinckler was duly followed off the field by South Africa duo Bongi Mbonambi and Lood de Jager, both needing head injury assessments; a war of attrition was promised pre-game, and the start was duly as brutal as predicted.
“The Red Rose dug their way back into the game and levelled after 22 minutes, captain Owen Farrell firing between the posts from close range.