Player ratings: Glorious Green and Gold
OPINION: South Africa overpowered England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday.
The Springboks’ victory was built on a colossal display by their powerhouse pack, which allowed flyhalf Handre Pollard to kick six penalties – before Makazole Mapimpi’s 66th-minute try – the first the Springboks had scored in a World Cup Final – and another from fit-again fellow flyer Cheslin Kolbe put the result beyond doubt.
Jan de Koning rates the South African players!
15 Willie le Roux:
Looked to create space with ball in hand and had one great break. His judgement let him down on occasion, but was great in the air.
14 Cheslin Kolbe:
Was quiet, by his standards, in the first half – when the ball just didn’t flow his way. However, the pocket rocket exploded in the second half and showed his true value with a sublime try to put the seal on a great win.
13 Lukhanyo Am:
Two great runs in the first half and more of the same after the break. Made 60 metres from five runs and made all but two of his tackles.
12 Damian de Allende:
Continued his amazing form – strong carries and some big hits on defence. Just on 60 metres from his 12 runs.
11 Makazole Mapimpi:
Great chasing and collecting kicks, winning some invaluable possession. Made 48 metres from seven runs and made all his tackles.
10 Handré Pollard:
Had one or two mistakes – missing a couple of penalties, including his first. Recovered to produce some admirable plays, chasing and collecting kicks and making some good runs. Also took on the line on occasion.
9 Francois de Klerk:
His defensive work was invaluable. His service was crisp. Missed a few tackles, but a valuable contribution.
8 Duane Vermeulen:
Won a penalty turnover early in the game and solid on defence – made seven tackles. Forty-nine metres from 11 carries.
7 Pieter-Steph du Toit:
Mountain of work on defence, with 11 tackles. Also a few strong carries.
6 Siya Kolisi (captain):
Made a couple of errors of judgement early in the game, but produced a sound performance that include 12 tackles – some very dominant.
5 Lodewyk de Jager:
Left the field injured at the end of the first quarter. Four strong carries and five tackles in his cameo.
4 Eben Etzebeth:
Great contesting in the line-outs, a handful of carries and 13 tackles – great contributing to the Bok dominance.
3 Frans Malherbe:
Some dominance in the scrums and a high workrate – with 10 tackles.
2 Mbongeni Mbonambi:
He only lasted 20-odd minutes, before leaving the field with concussion. One run and three tackles in his stay.
1 Tendai Mtawarira:
Some powerful scrumming in the opening exchanges – winning crucial penalties. Not many carries, but eight tackles.
16 Malcolm Marx (on for Mbonambi, 22nd minute):
Did the basics well. A couple of strong carries and made 10 tackles.
17 Steven Kitshoff (on for Mtawarira, 45th minute):
Made a massive impact from the first scrum after he came on. Had one poor scrum, but bounced straight back.
18 Vincent Koch (on for Malherbe, 45th minute):
Demolished his Saracens teammate Mako Vunipola in the scrums and then struggled against Joe Marler in one scrum. Made eight tackles.
19 Rudolph Snyman (on for Etzebeth, 60th minute):
Managed a few strong carries and a handful of strong carries. Kept the Bok momentum going in dominant forward performance.
20 Franco Mostert (on for De Jager, 22nd minute):
Showed why he was a starting lock for so long, with his enormous workrate – a handful of carries and a match-high 17 tackles.
21 Francois Louw (on for Kolisi, 64th minute):
Did not let his team down, but had limited time on the field – making only a handful of tackles.
22 Herschel Jantjies (on for De Klerk, 77th minute):
Not enough time to be rated.
23 Frans Steyn (on for Le Roux, 69th minute):
Not enough time to be rated.