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England suffered heartbreak in the Rugby World Cup final as they were beaten by South Africa in a brutal contest in Yokohama on Saturday.

There was very little to separate the two teams throughout a bruising 80 minutes but the sublime kicking of Handre Pollard kept the Springboks in front throughout.

South Africa then struck a fatal blow to England when Makazole Mapimpi scored a sensational try with just over 10 minutes to play before Cheslin Kolbe danced through to ensure South Africa won their first World Cup title for 12 years.   

England suffered heartbreak in the Rugby World Cup final as they were beaten by South Africa in a brutal contest in Japan

England suffered heartbreak in the Rugby World Cup final as they were beaten by South Africa in a brutal contest in Japan

South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi touches down to complete a sensational attack and put his side on the brink of victory

South Africa's Makazole Mapimpi touches down to complete a sensational attack and put his side on the brink of victory

Cheslin Kolbe then danced through England's defence to ensure South Africa won their first World Cup title for 12 years

Cheslin Kolbe then danced through England's defence to ensure South Africa won their first World Cup title for 12 years

Handre Pollard was in sensational form off the tee, scoring six penalties to keep his side in the lead throughtout the contest

Handre Pollard was in sensational form off the tee, scoring six penalties to keep his side in the lead throughtout the contest

England suffered heartbreak in a Rugby World Cup final once again after losing to South Africa in France in 2007

England suffered heartbreak in a Rugby World Cup final once again after losing to South Africa in France in 2007

MATCH FACTS 

England: Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May (Joseph), Ford (Slade), Youngs (Spencer); M Vunipola (Marler), George (Cowan-Dickie), Sinckler (Cole), Itoje, Lawes (Kruis), Curry, Underhill (Wilson), B Vunipola.

Tries: None

Conversions: None

Penalties: Farrell (x4)

South Africa: Le Roux (Steyn); Kolbe, Am, De Allende, Mapimpi; Pollard, De Klerk (Jantjies); Mtawarira (Kitshoff), Mbonambi (Marx), Malherbe (Koch), Etzebeth (Snyman), De Jager (Mostert), Kolisi (Louw), Du Toit, Vermeulen. 

Tries: Mapimpi, Kolbe

Conversions: Pollard (x2)

Penalties: Pollard (x6)

England conceded a penalty within the first minute but were let off the hook as Handre Pollard pushed his attempt wide of the posts. 

Things didn't go to plan for Eddie Jones early on as prop Kyle Sinckler appeared to be knocked out after a collision in the tackle. After getting treatment on the pitch he was replaced by Dan Cole.  

Pollard made amends for his earlier inaccuracy moments later by converting his second attempt of the match after Owen Farrell was penalised at the breakdown. 

England struggled to put their stamp on the game in the first 20 minutes but finally put together a series of attacking phases that ended with Farrell kicking England level. 

Frustratingly for Jones, South Africa were back in front just minutes later though when Pollard sent another penalty through the posts. 

England had their first sight of South Africa's line just before half-time but the Springboks' sensational defence ensured their opponents only came away with three points.

But, just like earlier on, England were loose at the breakdown after drawing level and Pollard made them pay with a pair of quickfire penalties to make it

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