South Africa v England RWC Final 2007

South Africa v England RWC Final 2007

On this day 10 years ago, South Africa lifted the William Webb Ellis Cup for the second time in their history as they beat England 15-6 in the final in Paris. 

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The two finalists had met earlier in the competition, during the pool stage, where South Africa won 36–0, so South Africa began the final as the only undefeated team left in the competition.

The match itself was try-less with each team scoring only penalties, South Africa five – four by fullback Percy Montgomery and one by centre François Steyn – and England two, both by fly-half Jonny Wilkinson.  This gave South Africa a 15–6 victory.

Both sides did have one major try-scoring opportunity, South Africa's came late in the first half, while England's came early in the second.

England wing Mark Cueto was controversially denied a try in the 42nd minute after he was ruled to have put a foot in touch during a tackle by Danie Rossouw before grounding the ball.

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