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South African captain Siya Kolisi holds the Webb Ellis Cup aloft after South Africa defeated England 32-12 to win the Rugby World Cup at International Yokohama Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday. Image: AP/Christophe Ena
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South Africa beat England 32-12 to win 3rd World Cup

By Nick Mulvenney

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LOL no one remembers who comes second or fourth.

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And England will never win the World Cup in Rugby or Football! No wonder no one supports you with an attitude like that.

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Agree Jaymann - ended up being a bit like a game of Rock Paper Scissors. NZ being the scissors to England’s rock and South Africa’s paper (all randomly chosen and not related to team performance). On their day any one of these teams could have won.

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England slumped to 3rd in world rankings as well.... to be fair any of NZ, Eng, SA could have won this RWC. Bt the Boks join NZ on 3 and England remain on their sole win back in 2003.

Having watched NZ dismantle Wales for 3rd... they'll be kicking themselves they didn't turn up against england last week.

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An amazing display of South Africa laager defense that the English could not breach.

Land this Kolbe guy scored a mesmerizing try; and Mampimpi with his chip and try!

My adopted country, the US, has another four years to improve. And still hoping to see my native Kenya make it to the rugby WC - but ranked only #32 that's a long way to go.

Congrats Springboks!

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Congratulations South Africa!

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Christmas came early.. The English lost!!!

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Congratulations South Africa! Kolbe's try left England's defence dumbfounded. Like a good whisky, the Bokke's 12 year victory tasted great.

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I noticed that, too. Most of the English players took their medals off as soon as Bill Beaumont put it around their necks. Mario Itoje wouldn't even let him do that; he didn't want to wear it even for a second. I suspect most of those medals will end up in the rubbish bins in their hotel rooms.

Too bad it couldn't have been an All Blacks-South Africa final.

Overall, not a great spectacle, though the South african defense in the latter part of the first half on their own line was outstanding. The game was marred by too many penalties (especially in the first half) and too many stoppages (the scrums are a blight on the game). I don't think a minute went by without hearing the referee's whistle. The game is in need of some serious rule changes (especially in the rucks) to make it more flowing.

That's why I enjoyed watching Japan's style. Like some other readers above, I also think the Japan-Scotland game was the most exciting and fun game of the tournament.

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At least Japan were gracious losers, they wouldn't have put their silver medals away.

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Team of the tournament - Japan -exciting to watch and really did their country proud.

I agree 100 percent. Brave Blossoms were the Team of the Tournament. They should also get a trophy. No one expected them to make the Quarter Final. They shocked the world.

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Congrats to SA and to all teams who participated. Thank you for the great games and enjoyed the sport. I still say Japan beat themselves and had the ability to win it all. I am proud of the US team and expect a much more improved team in 4 yrs but please get new uniforms.

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Team of the tournament - Japan -exciting to watch and really did their country proud.

Game of the tournament - Scotland vs Japan.

Strongest win - England over the All Blacks. That same performance would have won the final.

My favorite player... tough call that one but I think I’m gonna say Faf de Klerk.

My home team really needs to up their game but I’m still a proud ABs fan.

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The English media saying South Africa were a boring side was more tragic.

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No, Sean, that’d be truly tragic... like an Irishman defining himself solely by not being English..,,

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Crushed! That penalty miss from Farrell was a big moment, but the Boks are a mighty engine and fully deserved it.

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At least England can brag about their win over New Zealand for the next decade.

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Fully deserved winners and their defence proved impenetrable.

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Congrats to South Africa. Man oh man, that defense is something else.

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Well done Boks! Brilliant performance, fully deserved Champions. How good is the little scrum half De Klerk?! Player of the tournament IMO.

Where are all the posters who claimed the "Boks are boring"..."England will win easily"? Time to eat some humble pie fellas!

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Congratulations to SA! Totally bossed it!

England might have done a bit better with SInckler, he's been a mood maker and they ended up being destroyed in the scrums, but injuries are all part of the game. SA forced lots of errors in England's handling and England couldn't bang that one in in the first half even with a penalty advantage to try something risky. An epic defensive stand.

It's been a great tournament. Well done everyone involved.

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Congratulations Bokke. Immense performance today by the Springboks.

Had some salty comments last weekend when South Africa beat Wales by calling them boring and how England would dismantle them.

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Yeah I’m happy South Africa won but where was England tonight? Looked a completely different team to last week.

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Just as I feared England gave away too many penalties which against South Africa is the fast road to defeat. They had no try scoring ideas and instead just reverted to form playing their inimitable boring version of Rugby Yawnion.

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No arguments there. England were overwhelmed.

Well done SA.

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The cooler heads and superior power of the South African team won out!

They deserve to be the winners

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We (England) played very poorly, not the same team as against the AB's Congratz to SA. Where the whisky?

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