The Springboks are Rugby World Cup champions again after demolishing England in a magnificent final in Yokohama on Saturday, winning comfortably by 32-12.
Two late tries by Springbok wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe eased the Springboks into a third Rugby World Cup title at Yokohama International Stadium in Japan on Saturday.
The two tries, in the last quarter of the match, saw the Boks crush England and claim a third crown in the world showpiece, 12 years after John Smit’s side won the Cup and 24 years after Francois Pienaar held the Webb Ellis Cup aloft with the last Nelson Mandela.
The Springboks held a 12-6 lead at the break, but never looked like surrendering that lead thanks to an enormous effort from the pack of forwards.
The two tries, both created from some clinical finishing by the wingers, were dramatic to say the least, but the foundation of the epic win came from a strong scrum that never took a step back all day.
Up to that point, Handré Pollard unnerving boot kept the scoreboard ticking, mainly from scrum penalties, where the front row of first Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe and then Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx and Vincent Koch having no peers on the day.
The two late tries eased the nerves of more than 50 million South Africans supporting the team in Japan.
At the start both teams belted out their national anthems with gusto and carried those passions into the first phases of play.
England, with the wind behind their backs, found a strong force in their faces as well as the South African pack laid down some early markers.
The Springboks had an early chance with England not rolling away after a tackle on Malherbe, but Pollard pushed his first attempt to the right from 40 meters out.