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Get the best alternate England bets as the Red Rose take on South Africa for World Cup glory

Ben Darvill 31 Oct 2019
Jonny May of England (credit:David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images)

England take on South Africa in the World Cup Final on Saturday with the Red Rose the favourite to claim their second World Cup crown and cementing their place as one of the great teams. With this in mind, we have gone back through England's route to the final and picked out the best bets from those games and priced them up for the final, giving you an alternate cluster of best bets for the biggest game in English rugby for 12 years. 

England 35 Tonga 3

England opened their Rugby World Cup campaign with a comfortable victory over Tonga in a physical battle that only really served to get the wheels moving for England. The Red Rose were criticised for the win over their opponents not being bigger, however, as the second tier sides at this World Cup have shown, the gap between the best and the rest is shrinking, although that doesn’t mean it is one we feel will be bridged any time soon. In this one, Manu Tuilagi went over for a brace while Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie helped to secure a bonus point as England kept Tonga scoreless in the second-half. The Red Rose easily won the game via dominant displays in both halves, with Eddie Jones’ men comfortably winning both halves of the game. 

England 45 USA 7 

While the supposed ability and difficulty of England’s opponents was meant to be increasing, the comfort of their wins was not diminishing, with the European side easily brushing aside the USA in a 45-7 win. Joe Cokanasiga was given his chance to start on the win and netted two tries while Cowan-Dickie was once again on the scoresheet as England racked up seven tries. The USA were lucky to get on the scoreboard in the end as they profited from England foolishly trying to play even after the 80 minute mark as a loose bit of play ended in a score at the death. In the end, England completely dismantled the USA who they kept to less than 10 points in the game, the second time they had done this in two games. 

England 39 Argentina 10

This one was meant to be a real step up in quality once again, but it only proved to be a match in which Argentina shot themselves in the foot and gave England a real leg up in the game. Tomas Lavanini was sent off early-on for a very high tackle on Owen Farrell with his shoulder to give the Pumas a mountain to climb. Once again, Cowan-Dickie got on the scoresheet in an impressive performance from the Red Rose as they went from 15-3 at half-time to 39-10 at full-time. While many will have felt England were always going to have too much for Argentina regardless of how many men the Pumas kept on the pitch, they were guilty of giving England a huge advantage. In the end, going down to 14-men only confirmed the most-likely outcome was going to become inevitable. 

England vs France - Abandoned 

Another of the games that was ruined by the horrible weather that hit Japan in October, England and France were left to sit out their final game of the Pool stage with England confirming their place at the top and the French going through as runners-up. This was supposed to be the most-difficult game of England’s Pool campaign but the fact they got to sit out a gruelling 80 minute battle would only see the fitness of their squad improve. With France’s loss to Wales to come in the next round, perhaps the French would have liked to have gotten out onto the pitch against England to get more game time under their belt, even if it was to only be for 10 minutes. 

England 40 Australia 16 

At last, after three matches and one abandoned game, England were given an opponent of some real quality to see their knockout rugby credentials given a thorough examination. However, Eddie Jones’ men put their opponents to the sword despite enjoying less of the ball and the territory in a show of exceptionally clinical play. It was once again Jonny May that starred on the wing as the finisher was at his deadly best to cross twice early-on to put the Aussies on the back-foot. In the end, the fact Australia were only down 17-9 at half-time flattered the southern hemisphere outfit, and England ultimately romped to a win by 24 points to take their place in the semi-final of the competition. 

England 19 New Zealand 7 

And so against the best team in the world, England put in their best performance for some years. From minute one to 80 the Red Rose were the better team and dominated an All Blacks side that were aiming for their third World Cup final in three tournaments and a shot at three World Cup triumphs in a row. However, every England player stood up to be counted with Maro Itoje, Sam Underhill, Tom Curry and George Ford in particular shining. It was once again Tuilagi that barrelled over to score a very important try and put New Zealand on the back foot after less than two minutes while Itoje beat out some very stern competition to claim the Man of the Match award in a game that will be remembered for a long time by English fans - although it may go down as the second-most memorable game of England’s 2019 if things go well for the Red Rose on Saturday. 

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