10 Facts that matter from Springboks’ World Cup final win

2019-11-03T09:35:49+02:00November 2nd, 2019|

Opta Sports’ facts from the Springboks’ 32-12 win against England in the World Cup final.

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– The Boks have lifted the Webb Ellis Cup on three occasions (in seven attempts), no side has does so more often (level with the All Blacks, three in nine attempts).

– The Boks are the only side to have a 100% win rate in World Cup finals, winning on each of their three appearances at this stage.

– South Africa’s 20-point victory is the joint-second biggest in a World Cup final, after the Wallabies’ 23-point win against France in 1999 (the All Blacks also won by 20 points in 1987).

– The Boks scored two tries against England, the first time they’d ever crossed the tryline in a World Cup final, they are yet to concede a five-pointer in the showpiece event.

– England have lost the World Cup final on three occasions, no side has lost at this stage more often (level with France).

– New Zealand have been knocked out before the World Cup final on five occasions, however only once before has the side who beat the All Blacks before the final gone on to lift the Webb Ellis Cup (Wallabies in 1991).

– Owen Farrell scored 12 points in this match, taking him past 100 points in the World Cup, the second player to reach that milestone for England in the tournament after Jonny Wilkinson (277).

– England No 8 Billy Vunipola made 19 carries against the Boks, the most in the match and the most by any player in a World Cup final, surpassing Israel Folau’s tally of 16 in the 2015 edition.

– England lock Maro Itoje made 16 tackles against the Boks, the joint second-most in a World Cup final behind Richie McCaw (18 in 2011) and level with Jonny Wilkinson (16 in 2003).

– Bok wing Makazole Mapimpi scored his 14th try in 14 Tests, including six tries in six games at this year’s World Cup.