Rugby World Cup final: South Africa make it back-to-back trophies with win over New Zealand | World News
South Africa made it back-to-back Rugby World Cup victories with victory over New Zealand.
The Springboks retained the Webb Ellis Cup after a thrilling 12-11 victory over the All Blacks in the final at the Stade de France in Paris.
A red card for New Zealand captain Sam Cane – the first in a Rugby World Cup final – and four shots on goal from Handre Pollard gave South Africa a first-half advantage.
The All Blacks launched a spirited fightback in the second half, coming back to within a point thanks to a Beauden Barrett try.
However, South Africa, with a one-man advantage, held on despite late pressure from New Zealand to claim a narrow victory.
It means back-to-back wins for South Africa, who triumphed over England in the 2019 final in Japan.
South Africa’s final opponents, New Zealand, are the only other team to have won consecutive Rugby World Cups, with victories in 2011 and 2015.
With four tournament victories to their name, the Springboks are now the most successful team in Rugby World Cup history – a title they previously shared with New Zealand.
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