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England had no answer to the brute force of The Beast... Tendai Mtawarira's demonstration of power drove England to the edge - and South Africa to the top of the world

By Chris Foy For Mailonline

Published: 11:22 GMT, 2 November 2019 | Updated: 11:49 GMT, 2 November 2019

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He went off remarkably early, in the 44th minute, but by then The Beast had driven England to the edge of the precipice. His scrum onslaught propelled South Africa towards their third Rugby World Cup title.

Tendai Mtawarira played like it was 2009 all over again. A decade on from his famous demolition of the Lions pack in a Test series opener in Durban, the 34-year-old was at it again. His astonishing demonstration of power left England in reverse gear and in a state of disarray.

The departure of Kyle Sinckler in the third minute deprived Eddie Jones’ side of their leading tighthead and his under-study, Dan Cole, was subjected to a brutal ordeal. The Leicester veteran has built a long career out of set-piece know-how, but he had no answer to the brute force of the Beast.

England had no answer to the brute force of South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira (c) in Yokohama

England had no answer to the brute force of South Africa's Tendai Mtawarira (c) in Yokohama

Mtawarira was the driving force and powered up the South Africa scrum relentlessly

Mtawarira was the driving force and powered up the South Africa scrum relentlessly

There were clues before kick-off that the Springboks No 1 meant business. When the South African anthem was played, the players in green belted it out with gusto. 

The cameras captured Mtawarira as he

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