Rugby World Cup Final Live :: The Springboks have defeated Wales 19-16 in the second semi-final to book a date with England in the final Today.
It was a tight arm wrestle for the vast majority of the contest – truly one for the purists. Penalty goals dominated the scoring with just one try apiece; a clutch kick from Handre Pollard in the 75th minute proving to be the difference between the two sides.
This is familiar territory for both teams, who have each reached the Rugby World Cup final before. England reached the final in 1991, 2003 and 2007, winning the tournament on one occasion as they defeated Australia in the final 16 years ago.
South Africa have appeared in two Rugby World Cup finals in their history and won on both occasions. The first of these came in 1995 when they triumphed on home turf against New Zealand in the final. South Africa’s second Rugby World Cup final win came against England in 2007 at the Stade de France, in Paris.
Rugby World Cup Previous Winners:
1987 New Zealand
1995 South Africa
2007 South Africa
2011 New Zealand
2015 New Zealand
Therefore, South Africa know the feeling of beating
This is going to be a momentous occasion in Japan with thousands watching inside the stadium and millions around the world. The question is, which team will come out on top? We take a look at both nations chances in our England vs South Africa betting tips and at the latest England vs South Africa betting odds.
1. England – The Favourites
2. South Africa – The Outsiders?
3. England vs South Africa Betting Odds
4. RWC 2019 Final Live Streaming
1. England – The Favourites
England faced a tough semi-final match against New Zealand and many onlookers predicted their tournament would come to an end in this game. However, England took control of the match from the first whistle and scored the first try of the game with just 2 minutes on the clock. The try was scored by Manu Tuilagi and it set the tone for the rest of the game as England were constantly on the front foot.
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It was testament to the quality of England’s overall play, that they prevented New Zealand from getting on the score sheet in the first half. The All Blacks did cross over the try line in the second half following a mistake by England in a defensive line out which saw each team finish with one try each at the end of the match. This was not representative of the 80 minutes, during which England dominated and had two additional tries ruled out by the TMO and both decisions were not clear cut by any means.
England played only 3 of their 4 pool games at the Rugby World Cup, with a match against France cancelled due to the weather conditions. It did not matter, as England were already assured of a place in the quarter final thanks to their victories over Tonga, United States and Argentina. In fact, having the match against France called off gave England a two week break before the quarter final game against Australia.
England had little trouble in defeating the Australian team and the latest England vs South Africa betting odds now have them as favourites following the excellent win over New Zealand to lift the 2019 Rugby World Cup. England are 4/9 with Bet365 to win the match.
2. South Africa – The Outsiders?
South Africa came through a bruising battle against Wales in the semi-final to seal their place in the showpiece occasion. It was always going to be a close game against the Welsh with not a great deal in the way of free flowing rugby being played. Both teams managed to score one try each but it was South Africa who overpowered Wales in the latter stages of the game to win the crucial penalty which made all the difference.
South Africa were drawn in a pool which contained the pre-tournament favourites, New Zealand plus Italy, Namibia and Canada. Their opening match of the pool was always going to be the most difficult and South Africa lost 23-13 against New Zealand. However, there was little doubt they were going to progress to the knockout stages and finished in 2nd place by recording wins over Namibia, Italy and Canada.
The Springbok we’re not really pushed in any of those wins and the next major test following the defeat against New Zealand was to come in the quarter final against the hosts, Japan. Much like in the semi-final victory over Wales, South Africa used their power to dominate Japan and they scored 3 tries, two of which came in the second half.
Interestingly, South Africa have played England 4 times at the Rugby World Cup and have recorded 3 victories. They defeated the English twice at the 2007 World Cup in France and back in the 1999 quarter-finals. However, no team has ever lost a World Cup game and then gone on to win the Rugby World Cup. This is something which South Africa are going to have to change if they are to be the team lifting the trophy at the end of the final.
The RWC final odds have South Africa as the outsiders, priced at 7/4 to win the match with Bet365. Continue below to find more England vs South Africa betting odds plus RWC final predictions.
3. England vs South Africa Betting Odds
Looking at previous Rugby World Cup finals featuring these teams, it becomes apparent that we could be in for a very close game. South Africa defeated New Zealand by just three points in 1995 and beat England by 9 points in 2007. England defeated Australia by 3 points in 2003 and lost to Australia by 6 points in 1991.
Therefore, our RWC final betting tips suggest the margin of victory could be very slim, regardless of which team comes out on top. The RWC final odds have England available at 4/1 with Bet365 to win the match by a margin of 1 to 5 points and South Africa are available at 5/1 to win by the same margin.
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Next in our England vs South Africa preview we take a look at the total number of tries we could see in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final. In the knockout stages of the tournament, England scored 4 tries against Australia and one try against New Zealand at an average of 2.5 tries per match. South Africa scored 3 tries against Japan and one try against Wales, leaving them with an average of 2 tries per match in the knockout stages.
So, much of the England vs South Africa betting leading up to the final suggests we could see few tries scored in the game. South Africa especially will be happy to make it a scrappy final and we could see under 3.5 tries scored in the match. You can back this outcome at 6/4 with Bet365.
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South Africa were first to score with Pollard slotting a penalty in the 14th minute. Dan Biggar and Pollard went back and forth throughout the first 40, the halftime score being 9-6 in favour of South Africa.
The Springboks started the second half slowly. Uncharacteristic errors by Faf de Klerk and Willie le Roux put them under unnecessary pressure, before Biggar levelled the scores at 9-all in the 46th minute.
South African centre Damian de Allende broke the deadlock with a magnificent effort to score out wide in the 56th minute.
He carried the ball in both hands which put the Wales defenders in two minds, after which he dummied and fended his way over the line.
Wales were gifted with an absolute mountain of possession shortly after. A penalty against South Africa saw the Welsh with a line out throw on the five-metre line.
After 21 phases with the ball (and doing absolutely nothing with it), Wales received a penalty, and skipper Alun Wyn Jones made the brave call to pack down against this monster Springboks forward pack five metres out from the line.
The Boks pushed back hard, but a simple through the hands play saw Josh Adams cross in the corner for Wales in the 65th minute. Locked up at 16-all, extra time looked a likely possibility.
Wales had a great chance to set up for a field goal off the back of a penalty against Francois Louw. They won the line out 35m out, but South Africa forced them back with some brutal defence.
Eventually, Biggar was forced to take the shot from a bad position and did not even get close. The wind had left the Welsh sails – now South Africa were looking for their chance.
A penalty against Wales gave the Boks a piggyback downfield in the 75th minute. A collapsed maul gifted them another penalty, from which Handre Pollard added the three match-winning points, seeing South Africa through to their third Rugby World Cup final.
For Wales, they will face an equally disappointed New Zealand side who were unexpectedly dominated by England in the first semi-final.
For South Africa, it’s onwards and upwards as they face England in a rematch from the 2007 tournament, which should be an absolute cracker.
England and South Africa will contest a Rugby World Cup Final for the second time in 12 years after both advanced to Saturday’s Yokohama showpiece.
Eddie Jones’s men produced a titanic performance to dominate New Zealand, who hadn’t lost a Rugby World Cup match since their quarter-final defeat to France a dozen years ago.
Meanwhile, the Springboks edged past Wales 19-16 to set up a mouth-watering shootout for the Webb Ellis Cup, with England the favourites to avenge their defeat on the grandest stage in world rugby in Paris in 2007.
That would mean a second world crown for the Red Rose following a Jonny Wilkinson-inspired success against Australia 16 years ago, while South Africa are battling for a third world title (1995, 2007).
Jones said: “We set out four years ago, and we wanted to be the best team in the world. We are not the best team in the world, but we have got an opportunity to play in a game to prove we are, and that is all we are concerned with.
“We will just take each day as it comes. We have got another week to enjoy it, and that is what we will do.”
Ben Spencer is set to make his Rugby World Cup debut in the tournament’s final after Willi Heinz was ruled out by a hamstring problem sustained against New Zealand.
Heinz came on in the 63rd minute of the stunning 19-7 semi-final victory over the All Blacks that has booked England a final berth against either South Africa or Wales on Saturday.
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While the Gloucester half-back struggled on until the end, the Rugby Football Union has confirmed he will play no further part in the tournament and have summoned Spencer to Japan.
Saracens scrum-half Spencer has won three caps as a replacement and will perform the same role as deputy to Ben Youngs at International Stadium Yokohama.
England have a number of injury concerns ahead of the final with Owen Farrell and Jonny May nursing dead legs, while prop Kyle Sinckler has a calf issue.
Anthony Watson was able to finish the semi-final demolition of New Zealand but he received regular treatment during the game for an unspecified knock.
Meanwhile, Heinz will stay with the squad at their training base in Tokyo.
Score prediction: England 21-10 South Africa
Form goes out of the window on occasions such as these but England will be favourites going into the Final after sending the dominant back-toback champions packing – and in some style – on Saturday.
Eddie Jones’s men must be disciplined, as they have been so far in the tournament, as Handre Pollard won’t need a second invitation to punish them with the boot.
England have been installed as warm favourites to win their second Rugby World Cup after South Africa made hard work of their semifinal win over Wales in Yokohama on Sunday night.
The Springboks were in real danger of losing the dour clash until veteran flanker Francois Louw won a crucial turnover to repel Wales deep into the second half.
The scoreboard reads 19-16 and style points are irrelevant in games of that magnitude.
But it was impossible to watch both semifinals and not fancy Eddie Jones’ England in next Saturday’s decider — with a day’s extra rest and preparation on top of their superior formline.
“You feel it’s England’s to lose, yeah,” former England five-eighth Stuart Barnes said on Fox Sports, while also acknowledging South Africa’s ability to upset the apple cart.
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“I would not, for a moment, be discounting the Springboks.
“I have too great a regard for their rugbuy
“But it’s not an arrogant England team.
“Yes, some England teams have been in sporting events in the past.
“But this team are not like that.
“It’s an England team that has worked damn hard.
“Jones has come there with that sunny southern hemisphere disposition that has changed England.”
England produced one of the most impressive performances of the professional rugby era in beating New Zealand 19-7 on Saturday.
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It was notable that there were no wild celebrations despite that monumental performance, which contrasted with Faf de Klerk and South Africa letting their hair down a little.
Sunday’s semi was a tough watch and the Springboks’ conservative, kick heavy approach played into Wales’ hands.
But as former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles stressed, they have more in their arsenal than that.
“I’ll go England,” Hoiles said when asked to predict the champion.
“I can see South Africa playing a different style of footy, the fast and furious footy that they threw at the All Blacks in the first game of this World Cup.
“But England, on form, are going to be hard to beat.”
South Africa’s appearance in the final continues a remarkable resurgence under charismatic coach Rassie Erasmus, who inherited the team at a low ebb.