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#RWC10: Boks are World Champions in Paris

The disciplined Springboks side was stingy in defence and rarely allowed the defending champions a look-in, as they dominated the line-outs and kicked five penalties.

The Springboks celebrate victory in the 2007 Rugby World Cup final. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - South Africa saw off England 15-6 in the Rugby World Cup final at the Stade de France and added a second Webb Ellis trophy to the one they won as hosts in 1995.

The disciplined Springbok side were stingy in defence and rarely allowed the defending champions a look-in, as they dominated the line-outs and kicked five penalties.

South Africa led England 9-3 at half-time after an evenly contested 40 minutes and as expected in a match of such magnitude, it was marked by tactical kicking and rare moments of open play.

South Africa opened the scoring via Percy Montgomery, with a penalty on seven minutes after winning a turnover from a ruck.

Jonny Wilkinson leveled matters on 13 minutes after Springbok wing Bryan Habana was penalised for slowing down the ball at the breakdown.

But Montgomery’s steady boot helped regain the lead for South Africa three minutes later. The Springboks twice attacked late in the half but were held off on the line by the English defence.

They did win a penalty in their second offensive push and Montgomery kicked over to extend the lead to six points and that’s how it ended in the first half.

England began the second half full of attacking intent, none more so than centre Mathew Tait, as he ripped through the Bok defence and put away Mark Cueto for a try in the corner.

However, after lengthy consideration by the TV match official, the wing was ruled to have been in touch when he crossed over in the corner. A Wilkinson penalty kick for an infringement earlier in the movement softened the blow somewhat.

England's hopes were dealt a setback after half time, as inspirational full-back Jason Robinson who was playing his last match before retirement, was forced off with a shoulder injury.

Thereafter, Montgomery slotted his fourth penalty on 51 minutes to reestablish South Africa’s six-point lead with the score at 12-6, this after England were blown up for handling in a ruck.

England were penalised for obstruction just after the hour mark. Frans Steyn stepped up for the most important kick of his fledgling career and the impressive young centre didn't let his side down and landed the three-pointer from 46m.

That made the score 15-6 and meant England needed to score twice in order to retain their title, but the miserly Bok defence held out and meant Jake White’s side were crowned champions.

Match 7 Final, Saint Denis:

South Africa 15-6 England

SA Penalties:
Montgomery 4/4
Steyn 1/2

England penalties:
Wilkinson 2/2

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