They both want to win the final. They’ve both had incredibly pulsating and captivating runs up until this point. England showed they were no pushovers by smashing several minnow nations and by also topping their group. They then beat Australia by a big, big 16 points in the first week of the finals before eliminating the worlds best and most consistent Rugby team in the second. South Africa, came second in their group, behind only the All Blacks. They then thrashed Japan by 23 points in the opening week of the finals as they eliminated the hosts badly in front of their home fans. They then outlasted Wales by three points in the second week, as Pollard proved to be to clutch with the match-winning PG in the 75th minute of the game. This should prove to be one hell of a game to watch if everything goes right!
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Saturday, November 02, 2019
England vs South Africa
Venue: International Stadium Yokohama | Start: 8:00PM (AEST)
The final is here between the two best teams of this RWC. England are here after their first finals game saw them beat Australia 40-16. That was before they pulled of a comprehensive upset against New Zealand winning 19-7. South Africa’s first finals match was a 26-3 defeat of the hosts Japan. Afterwards and last round, they played in a much tougher match-up as they beat Wales, 19-16. We’re in for one hell of a ride here and may the best team win!
England’s 12 point dismantling of New Zealand was something to truly behold. They kept the All Blacks to just the solitary try. That while the English themselves, scored in just the 2nd minute of the game courtesy of Manu Tuilagi. In H1, they kept the All Blacks to just 38% possession, while ENG themselves had 56% of the ball. They also had 56% of the ball throughout the game. They also spent 62% of the time in NZ’s half. They ran for 406m’s from 147 carries. They also turned the ball over just 13 times to NZ’s 20. They had to make 17 less tackles than them and won 17 turnovers to their four. They also won 110 rucks and six mauls, thoroughly beating them in both departments. 18-9 lineouts were won by the victors and in addition, they conceded just six penalties. This was a simply awesome effort on behalf of Eddie Jones’s men!
As for South Africa, Pollard was the hero as he converted the PG hard and low late on in the game (75th minute), to help the Springboks win it by three against the trying and trying Welsh. They very, very impressively kept the opposition to only one try despite having just 39% possession overall. They held 41% of the ball in H1 and 37% in H2, but they still hustled and worked their back-sides of to get the crucial win. And now they sit just one strong performance away from the ultimate glory of being named the best in the entire world. They beat 16 defenders and turned the ball over just eight times. They also missed just 11 tackles and won four mauls. They only lost one lineout and were victorious in eight scrums. Despite certain parts of their performance lacking, they never gave up. And it was reflected come full-time in the most important area of all, the score-board.
Prediction- England have had quite simply an incredible run to the final. But the Springboks are a different type of beast and should perform much better then that of the All Blacks last week. Expect South Africa to claim a nice win and to hoist that baby up highhh!
Head to Head: Springboks | $2.60 – Sportsbet
Win Margin: Springboks 1-12 | $3.90 – Beteasy
Handicap: Springboks +4 | $2.10 – Bet365
Total Points: Over 37.5 | $1.90 – Sportsbet