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South Africa have won the World Cup - strangling England in the final and securing their third title. 

England could not overhaul the powerful Springboks, as an immense Handre Pollard's relentlessly accurate kicks put England out of sight in Yokohoma. 

Here, Sportsmail rates each England and New Zealand player out of 10 for their performance in the semi-final.

Faf de Clerk was an outstanding performer for South Africa in the World Cup final in Yokohoma

Faf de Clerk was an outstanding performer for South Africa in the World Cup final in Yokohoma 

England 

Elliot Daly 5

Out of position, made just four meters with the ball and was exposed far too often at full-back. 

Anthony Watson 5

Touched the ball five times only in the whole match. Good tournament, but had little affect here. 

Manu Tuilagi 5

The wrecking-ball was smashed to bits by the brutal Bok defence. No real gains to speak of.

Owen Farrell 6

Missed a key kick when England had their only momentum of the game. Could not lead England out of a deep hole.

Owen Farrell kicked all but one of his conversions as the captain lost out in the final

Owen Farrell kicked all but one of his conversions as the captain lost out in the final

Jonny May (Joseph, 70 5) 5

Hardly had a sniff out wide as Kolbe and Mapimpi defended brilliantly against him.

George Ford (Slade, 49 5)

Unable to dictate play with precious little ball on the front-food. A kick out on the full too.

Ben Youngs (Spencer, 76 5) 4

Passing incredibly sloppy - not helped by the fact that England hardly ever had quick ball. 

Ben Youngs had a day to forget as his passing let him down in Yokohoma

Ben Youngs had a day to forget as his passing let him down in Yokohoma

Mako Vunipola (Marler, 59 7.5)  5

Scrum a complete mess - where England constantly were splintered. At least he did better than Cole, conceding just one penalty.

Jamie George (Cowan-Dickie, 59 5) 6.5

Missed one out of seven lineouts before Kruis steadied things. No gains around the field in the loose.

Kyle Sinckler (Cole, 4 4) 6

Sickening blow to the head when Itoje’s elbow knocked him out as both tried to tackle Mapimpi. Horrible way to end a brilliant tournament. Cole struggled hugely.

Maro Itoje 7

Battled hard but, like the rest of the English pack, had no answer to the mighty Boks in every facet. 

Courtney Lawes (Kruis, 40, 6.5) 5

England’s lineout looked sloppy, and the scrum went backwards. Hooked a half-time as Jones tried to solve the problems.

Tom Curry 7

So many more years to

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