Hundreds of Nottingham Trent students filled their union on Saturday to watch England bid for World Cup glory for only the third time in history.
With the World Cup being hosted in Japan, the game was an early start for English fans as it got under way at 9am.
But that didn’t faze dedicated rugby fans at Nottingham Trent as they queued outside from as early as 8am.
The venue was ‘rocking’ before the game, with students in full voice supporting their country.
Unfortunately, the game didn’t quite go the way England fans would have wished for as they were beaten 32-12 by a better South African side on the day.
In a strongly contested game, England just couldn’t reach the heights of last weeks famous semi-final win against New Zealand, which saw the All Blacks defeated at a World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
All of England’s 12 points came off the boot of Owen Farrell, as they struggled to break down a resilient South African defence.
Eddie Jones’ side was second best throughout the game, especially in scrums and were punished for these errors.
South Africa produced two brilliant tries through Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe to put the game beyond England’s reach.
Their other 22 points were scored from the accurate kicking of Handre Pollard.
The loss will be a bitter one for England, especially when considering their heroics against New Zealand which will leave fans wondering if their final performance came a week too early.
However, full credit must be given to South Africa as they rose to the occasion and made history by becoming the first ever team to win a World Cup after suffering a loss in the tournament.
Although the memories of Yokohama will be bitter for English players and fans, you can’t help but think the best days lie ahead for this young English team and they should be proud of their efforts in Japan 2019.