Rugby World Cup final: England have been beaten up – Paul Grayson


Cheslin Kolbe (left) and Makazole Mapimpi (lawful) scored the superb tries of the game as South Africa beat England within the World Cup final

England had been “beaten up” of their 32-12 World Cup final defeat by South Africa, says former England flee-half of Paul Grayson.

The Springboks dominated the showpiece match in Yokohama as Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe scored the tries.

“From an England level of watch, every thing that can also dart tainted has gone tainted,” said Grayson.

“Bus gradual to the bottom, [Kyle] Sinckler forced off after two minutes, each and every lovable play has gone tainted.”

Siya Kolisi became the indispensable unlit Springbok captain to decide the William Webb Ellis Trophy and Grayson said the flanker’s facet had been “tactically perfect”.

“We said there used to be doubtlessly a South Africa storm coming, and can England tackle the physicality of the Springboks at fever pitch? The acknowledge is no longer any,” Grayson, who used to be piece of England’s World Cup-winning squad in 2003, said on BBC Radio 5 live.

“With the make stronger of the country and what used to be at stake, South Africa had the emotional energy that England simply can also no longer tackle.

“England gave them too many gifts, and South Africa played speedily when they wished to. They’ve been brutally physical within the scrum and their defence has by no methodology been tested.

“They had been no longer in a collection to generate the speedily ball they did in opposition to Contemporary Zealand.”

These feedback had been echoed by former England scrum-half of Matt Dawson, who said his countrymen had been “carried out and dusted within the college room”.

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“Here is one in every of, if no longer the, biggest victory in a World Cup final,” said Dawson, England’s 2003 World Cup winning scrum-half of.

“England gave it every thing, but even at the same time as you happen to’d said to me that used to be how South Africa had been going to play, I’d no longer truthfully beget idea they’d also honest live to order the tale that for 80 minutes, playing in that system.

“They’ve correct stuffed England with every thing going in opposition to them. England had been taken aside in many, many areas this day.

“They regarded, for the indispensable time in very long time, rattled from very early on when they tried to interrupt the line. They made too many errors and they’ve been bereft of suggestions.”

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