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England to rule rugby world again? Get Rugby World Cup Final Tips

Ben Darvill 1 Nov 2019
  • England vs South Africa starts at 09:00 GMT on Saturday, November 2 at the Yokohama Stadium 
George Ford looks to offload in England's win against New Zealand (credit:Adam Davy/PA Wire/PA Images)

England and South Africa battle to dominate the rugby world this Saturday with the two the last teams standing at the 2019 Rugby World Cup - but will be it England or South Africa that stand victorious this weekend? Read on for our best bets for the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.

Well here we are, after weeks of massive hits, outrageous moments of skill and one fairytale story from the hosts, we are left with just two teams, one representing the northern hemisphere, and one representing the southern hemisphere, with England taking on South Africa in the rugby World Cup final in Yokohama on Saturday. 

England roared to the final through two supreme performances against Australia and New Zealand in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively, with the performance in the latter hailed as one of the very best displays from an English side. Eddie Jones’ men completely dominated New Zealand right across the park with their work on the floor, with the ball in hand, and in the air near-perfect, with New Zealand unable to get anywhere near to the level England were playing at on the day. Standout performers included Maro Itoje, who was a monster at the breakdown, Sam Underhill and Tom Curry, who were incredibly physical and supreme at forcing New Zealand backwards, George Ford, who controlled the game from 10, and Manu Tuilagi provided a wrecking ball like presence in midfield. All in all, it was one of the most complete performances from an England side as they did what many thought was near-impossible, with a win over New Zealand at a World Cup something that no team has achieved since 2007. If England are to play at that same level this coming Saturday, then most pundits agree they will write their name on the cup for the second time. 

For South Africa, it was a very different type of performance that saw them grind their way into the final of the Rugby World Cup. They battled to a 19-16 win over Wales in a match of little quality with the ball in hand. Handre Pollard kicked 14 points for the Springboks but, other than from the tee, the kicking game from both sides was awful. This poor kicking game meant that neither team could get a real foothold in the match as good territorial kicking was at a premium, meaning that much of the game was played near to the halfway line. This current crop of South African players does boast that incredible physicality which came to the fore against Wales, but they also have electric backs that, when they are given the chance to run, can hurt a side. If South Africa are to attempt to engage in a more open game with England then it could be hugely entertaining, but they must be aware of the fact that this England side completely dominated New Zealand last time out and look like the are fully equipped to take on any threat that comes their way.

In this one we are backing England to win the match. They have looked superb right across the World Cup and they are peaking at the right time (although some have questioned whether their win over New Zealand was their World Cup final performance and that it may be difficult to pick themselves back up again). However, their win over Australia was given so many plaudits as they hammered their opponents, and they then upped their game again against New Zealand, and Jones will be looking to ensue that this happens once again on Saturday. South Africa will put up a real fight and will call upon their 2-1 home win over England when they toured the southern hemisphere side in 2018, but England won the final test and then beat the Springboks in London which was the last time they met. England can currently be backed at Evens with a -5 point handicap as they are huge odds-on favourites with the bookies, and we feel this five point handicap is worth it in this game as England have looked so strong at this World Cup. 

As far as anytime scorers go, we are backing two of the standout performers across this World Cup. The first is Tuilagi who, coming in at his destructive best, was superb against New Zealand as he picked and went from the bottom of a ruck to dot down inside two minutes against the All Blacks. Tuilagi has looked like a constant threat when he has the ball and he is relishing running at opposition with the ball in hand. If Tuilagi is given a sniff of the try line then we think he will score. Our second tip is Cheslin Kolbe to score a try anytime. The South African winger is one of the best finishers in the game and, when he has been given the ball, has been devastating. Kolbe was ruled out of the semi-final against Wales through injury but he has returned to the squad and we think he will start, with his dancing feet providing even the best defences in the world with a real problem. 





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