Rugby-World-South Africa beat England to win World Cup

PARIS, Oct 20 (Reuters) South Africa beat defending champions England 15-6 in the World Cup final at the Stade de France today to win the Webb Ellis Cup for the second time.

Fullback Percy Montgomery scored the bulk of South Africa's points from penalties, landing three in the first half then another in the second term while centre Francois Steyn kicked one long-range goal after missing an earlier attempt.

England's points all came from the boot of flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, who kicked a penalty in each half but missed two shots at drop goals, although they came closest to scoring a try through winger Mark Cueto only to have it disallowed by the video referee for putting a foot into touch.

The Springboks won the World Cup for the first time at home in 1995 in the only previous tryless final and Saturday's victory saw them join Australia as the only countries to win the title twice.


Story first published: Sunday, October 21, 2007, 3:32 [IST]
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