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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇿🇦 World Cup Final - Last weekend saw an underdog England dominate a startled New Zealand, while South Africa failed to impress against Wales. This final may yet have a few surprises up its sleeve to bring some much needed excitement to the grand finale. Cheslin Kolbe is back in after a minor ankle injury, and the Saffa's set piece could prove to be mightier than England's line speed and gap-finding breakaways. No matter what, thank you 🇯🇵 :rwc2019:

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Match Thread - the teams are lining up in the tunnel, the drummers are drumming, the crowd is buzzing, we're couting down to the final between England and South Africa. Now it's anthems for the last time, and 80 minutes of what I hope will be some cracking .

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Not even three minutes in and we've had South Africa get a penalty kick, miss it, and then Mario Itoje has now cold-cocked Kyle Sinckler who will need to be stretchered off. Dan Cole warming up. Ah, he's walking off, looks like a HIA but most liley gone for the game now.

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First scrum of the evening and Bokke get a penalty because that's what scrums are for now. South Africa dance all the way up to the line only for England to counter-ruck and steal it back. England run it back from behind the tryline, May coming up strong. Pacy stuff so far.

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England scrum leads to a pass to nowhere leads to isoalted man leads to penalty South Africa pretty much under the posts. Pollard to kick. Bokke dominating handling, scrum, and pace right now.

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Itoje was a powerful force last week, and is proving to be the same this weekend. So far he's knocked his teammate unconscious and coughed up a knock-on for a penalty.

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Ben Youngs just threw the ball to someone in the crowd. Maybe his mum was there? Coz no-one else was...

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Scrumfest 2019 continues as South Africa get another penalty from the scrum and pile the pressure on the the England tryline. May clears it right back and it's more Saffa set-piece.

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England finally get a sniff of the tryline and they're going through hands and phases now, finally seeing some English composure. Garces refs as only Garces can, dancing around a downed Springbok to award England a penalty on the Bok 22.

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Injuries continue to mount. That looks like a dislocated shoulder to me, Lood De Jager's arm dangling like limp spaghetti.

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South Africa push back hard from the penalty kick restart, jamming the ball all the way back up the field, now it's penalty time for Pollard. Boks are winning this in every way so far, physically and psychologically dominating England.

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At some point South Africa is going to actually use the overlap on the left. I'd say three missed opportunities so far, but it's working and it will pay off soon enough.

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England knocking on the door for a second time. The crowd finally gets involved and reminds us they're mostly English. Big hits from the defense, no penalties yet.

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Finally the penalty. England hammering away at the Bok line but they come away with a measly three, no try.

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The gong has bombillated but we're back for yet another penalty from yet another Springbok scrum. Pollard lines up to close out the half. There's a very faint "swing low" in the nosebleeds. The crowd, and the England coaching squad are both going to have some questions in the break.

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I hope we see some try-scoring in the second half. No-one wants to watch the final of any sport and watch the penalty count quietly tick away on the scoreboard.

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🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🇿🇦 England v South Africa World Cup FInal - Match THread. We are back for kickoff at the beginning of the second half. 40 minutes to go, let's see what England brings out of the tunnels to change up their play this half.

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Scrumfest 19 soldiers on, and it's another penalty for SA.

Personally, I'm sick of it. Penalty after penalty is no way to run a sport. If we can't have a simple set piece without forcing a penalty every time, something's wrong.

Boks swap out their front row.

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