You could see with the last few minutes where England needed a score, they tried to run the ball, but SA defence started to force them backwards with their defensive line speed (speed they get out to the tackle). England cross the gain line with ball in hand. Their tactic was to kick for territory and hope for errors, or reclaim the ball under the high kick with their taller wingers. It mostly worked (though dull).I'm far from a rugby man and I have very little knowledge of the game.
I found it a proper bore fest and I don't recollect England once even remotely threatening to score a try.
It seemed to be all set plays and kick it back to eachother, a far cry from some of the quarter and semi finals I watched.
As I said I am pretty clueless about rugby and maybe those more knowledgeable will have found it thoroughly entertaining.
Thank God for football is all I can say.
A key moment was a 5m attacking scrum (after a SA knock on) just after Marler went off, we give away a scrum penalty and get no points from a very attacking position. It gave SA impetus and the eventual winning kick via another penalty.
Their try was also weakly defended from the line out, Vunipola really should have had the first break man, but was too narrow, then England couldn’t recover their defence.