Rugby-South Africa lead England 12-6 at halftime in RWC final

South Africa's fly-half Handre Pollard (L) tackles England's lock Courtney Lawes during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
South Africa's fly-half Handre Pollard (L) tackles England's lock Courtney Lawes during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup final match between England and South Africa at the International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama on November 2, 2019. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)
Image: KAZUHIRO NOGI

Springboks flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked four first-half penalties as South Africa took a 12-6 lead into the break in the Rugby World Cup final against England at Yokohama Stadium on Saturday.

England captain Owen Farrell replied with two of his own in a tense first half characterised by England errors after being placed under immense pressure by the South African pack.

Both sides were forced into making first-half replacements, with England tighthead prop Kyle Sinckler and South Africa hooker Mbongeni Mbonambi knocked out while South Africa lock Lood de Jager appeared to suffer a dislocated shoulder.

All three were injured while attempting tackles.

(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury; Editing by Tony Lawrence)

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