Yokohama: South Africa stunned pre-match favourites England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday.The Springboks’ victory was built on a colossal performance by their powerhouse pack that allowed fly-half Handre Pollard to kick six penalties before Makazole Mapimpi’s 66th-minute try — the first the Springboks had scored in a World Cup final. Fit-again fellow flyer Cheslin Kolbe then crossed from the other wing to put the result beyond doubt and set off celebrations for the South African public.Victory ensured the Springboks made it three wins from three World Cup final appearances — after missing the first two editions because of apartheid — and maintained their record of being crowned champions at 12-year intervals following their 1995 and 2007 triumphs.Saturday’s win also saw South Africa become the first team to win a World Cup having lost in pool play, with the Springboks beaten by reigning champions New Zealand in their Japan 2019 opener.It was a tactical triumph for South Africa coach Rassie Erasmus, who has overseen a Springbok revival after taking charge two years ago following a miserable 2016.Siya Kolisi, South Africa’s first black captain, lifted the Webb Ellis Cup in a moment of symbolism to rival 1995, when then-president Nelson Mandela was on hand to congratulate Francois Pienaar’s victorious team.”We are so grateful to the people of South Africa,” Kolisi said.”We have so many problems in our country but a team like this, we come from different backgrounds, different races but we came together with one goal and we wanted to achieve it.”I really hope we’ve done that for South Africa. Just shows that we can pull togeher if we want to achieve something.”EARLY BLOWFor England, four years on from the humiliation of their first-round exit on home soil in 2015, which led them to appoint Australian coach Eddie Jones, it was a match too far after their quarter-final and semi-final wins over Australia and New Zealand.A third defeat in four finals for England was also their second by South Africa, who defeated them 15-6 in the 2007 showpiece when Jones was a consultant to the Springboks.And it meant there was no repeat of England’s 2003 World Cup final triumph when they beat an Australia side coached by Jones.England suffered a cruel blow in just the third minute when prop Kyle Sinckler went off after colliding with team-mate Maro Itoje as the lock tried to tackle Mapimpi.South Africa’s forward pressure was rewarded in the ninth minute when England captain Owen Farrell was penalised for holding on.Farrell equalised but South Africa forced a scrum penalty which Pollard, the goal-kicking hero of their 16-13 semi-final win over Wales, landed.England, who had made such an impressive start to their stunning 19-7 semi-final victory over New Zealand, were struggling to get their backs into the game but Ford’s penalty allowed them to win a line-out the edge of the Springboks’ 22.At last England could launch wrecking-ball centre Manu Tuilagi as they drove to within a metre of the Springboks’ line, but excellent rush defence stopped them in their tracks before Farrell’s 35th-minute penalty again levelled the match at 6-6.Pollard, however, ensured South Africa led again with a 47-metre penalty and they were 12-6 up at the break after veteran prop Tendai ‘Beast’ Mtawarira forced Dan Cole, Sinckler’s replacement, into conceding a scrum-penalty again kicked by Pollard.BOMB SQUADEarly in the second half, Erasmus ensured there was no let-up by bringing on props Steven Kitshoff and Vincent Kock — two of six forwards from among his ‘bomb squad’ of replacements — and their very first set piece saw England concede a fourth scrum penalty of the game.Pollard was again on target from the tee.England, however, managed a scrum penalty of their own in the 50th minute and Farrell succeeded from some 40 metres to cut South Africa’s lead to 15-9.South Africa, making no secret of their tactics, formed a nine-man maul that forced England offside in the backline to give Pollard a simple penalty in front of the posts that put the Springboks two scores ahead at 18-9.Farrell, England’s lone points-scorer, reduced the gap only for the Springboks to surge clear.There were two hints of a forward pass in the build-up to Mapimi’s try after his kick ahead was passed back to him by centre Lukhanyo Am, but referee Jerome Garces let the score stand after consulting the television match official.But there was no doubt about Kolbe’s effort as he sped past Farrell and prop Joe Marler. EnglandFinalRugbyrugby World Cup First Published: November 2, 2019, 5:14 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.
It was three years ago when G Sathiyan got a wake-up call. It wasn’t his coach, neither his family – it was a simple blood test report.At that time, the Chennai boy was fresh out of engineering college and trying to make a name for himself in the professional circuit when reality hit him. A string of poor performances brought the 25-year-old face-to-face with a familiar foe – junk food.”I was wrong in thinking I would never gain weight despite whatever I ate,” Sathiyan said during a conversation with Mail Today on Thursday.”I used to eat a lot of chocolates, ate a few after every match, in fact. I loved sweets and constantly binged on them. I was not getting fat in appearance despite eating junk and that obviously motivated me to eat more. My habits had a big impact on my performance and that’s when I got the reality check. My blood test report showed I had no strength and endurance. I wasn’t getting fat but it was bringing my game down,” he explained.Bananas replaced chocolates, ice cream became a luxury and sweets exited from his diet completely as Sathiyan worked on the road to recovery.Diet and nutrition weren’t the only two aspects the Commonwealth Games gold medallist worked on. A plethora of change brought to fitness and technique resulted in the 25-year-old rise from outside a rank of 100 in 2017 to career-high 31st.”I hired a team of professionals who played a vital role in where I stand today. I had to make a major change in my diet. Zero sweets, very less chocolates and a cheat meal a week became my lifestyle. I had to beat the beast inside me – I totally worked upon my ranking.advertisement”Fitness worked as a key factor, I believe. The small regimes and serves – which are otherwise boring – helped me improve. I served around 1000-2000 balls a day as part of my routine. I naturally had a good speed and tried to maximise that with strength and power. I worked on my core strength, since table tennis is a sport where you have to use your legs and hands are just to direct the ball. I increased my mass on the legs and core strengthening also helped me improve my game,” said Sathiyan, an Asian Games bronze medallist with the men’s team.Looking forward, the World No. 31 suggested a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics remains a realistic dream. Preparations have begun and a roadmap to the coming 20 months has already been panned out.”The 2020 Olympics is a realistic dream. I think if I continue to perform like this, I could win a medal for the country, even if it’s in doubles. I will train in Japan and China and the upcoming tournaments will also be important. I will also have a program in Germany, will train there. The focus will be on getting my rank inside top 20 so that I get attain the qualifying mark and also get a favourable draw in the event,” he concluded.