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Saturday's much-anticipated Rugby World Cup final in Yokohama between the Springboks and England ended in a dominant 32-12 victory for South Africa.

As a result, the Springboks are now the world's No 1 team according to the latest World Rugby rankings.

It was also the Springboks' third Webb Ellis Cup triumph after successes in 1995 (at home) and 2007 (in France) to match the All Blacks for titles won.

What do the official match stats tell us?

That in defeat England still dominated the majority of the statistical categories.

It also told us therefore that the majority of rugby stats are largely meaningless in determining a winner!

ON ATTACK

METRES CARRIED

South Africa - 369m

England - 201m

RUNS

South Africa - 89

England - 123

DEFENDERS BEATEN

South Africa - 12

England - 14

CLEAN BREAKS

South Africa - 11

England - 2

PASSES

South Africa - 97

England - 153

OFFLOADS

South Africa - 4

England - 12

POSSESSION

South Africa - 44%

England - 56%

TERRITORY

South Africa - 44%

England - 56%

ON DEFENCE

TACKLES

South Africa - 158

England - 97

MISSED TACKLES

South Africa - 14

England - 12

BREAKDOWN

RUCKS WON

South Africa - 63

England - 94

PENALTIES CONCEDED

South Africa - 8

England -  10

TOTAL KICKS

South Africa - 26

England - 21

FINAL SCORE?

South Africa - 32

England - 12

- Compiled by Garrin Lambley