The hegemony of world rugby will continue in the southern hemisphere. South Africa succeeds as world champion to New Zealand and equals three in the number of titles won. It is enshrined as a team of reinforced concrete, which for sixty minutes matured the final against England to sentence it in the final stretch. Rassie Erasmus 'Springboks' were not limited on this occasion to impose their lead and such a tough defense that forced the opponents to retreat. In the most important clash, they also used their line as a devastating weapon.
To win a final it is necessary first not to lose it. And the match began with the expected exchange of kicks. To win it, it takes a bit of fortune and England received its first setback there; He lost one of his starting piles, Sinckler, by injury in the first breath. Bad omen before the battle of the first lines. And to win it you also need dare. They had 'the Springboks', who against prognosis came out willing to look for the overflow at hand. The commitment to open play gave them the initiative. His front, in this there were no surprises, dominated the static phases, plucked balls and many punches of punishment for the foot of the Pollard opening. Four, with a single failure, transformed in the first half.
England, with possession but without comfortable balls due to the overwhelming pressure of the rival defense, could not repeat the successful offensive that developed New Zealand. In the first part he was about to achieve it twice. In the second, at half an hour of play, his attack, very hard, insistent, melee and phase to phase, came to touch the test line. He backed down the South African tackle and, like minutes before, saw his prize limited to a penalty stroke. Such a tank collision concluded with the question of whether Eddie Jones' group would end up discovering a hole later. I needed it . South Africa was already winning and transmitting power to rest (6-12).
It shows the South African striker, when hugging in the melee and the maul, the strength of a battleship. Get moving. Get meters, balls and points. Pollard extended the lead at the start of the second half (6-15), although Owen Farrell countered it (9-15). With the changes England regained resolve and for a few minutes its third line, dazzling other days, came back on. The party, still undecided, entered into an exchange of transformations in the opposite territory (12-18).
At that time the 'Springboks' resumed their manual. Ball and rhythm control, sealed defense, kicks above the group. And then they accelerated. If his striker had matured the match, his line, very well directed by Pollard , conquered it. A wide opening, a deep kick and the trial of the Mapimpi wing (12-25) that breaks the final. And the rehearsal of the other wing, Kolbe , to unleash his party (12-32).
After a very complicated stage, 'the Springboks' reconquest, twelve years later, the world title. England, defeated with a bitter aftertaste, however, leaves its memorable match against the All Blacks to the memory of the fans. That day he offered his best rugby, he could not repeat victory in the final. The solidity of the Springboks, with a lot of mastery of the game and very few cracks, prevented it. From less to more in the relevant matches, the Rassie Erasmus team has shown everything it takes to win a final and raises the Webb Ellis cup like a Herculean champion.
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