South Africa vs England Live :: England in the Rugby World Cup final 2019 and will be using that as inspiration ahead of this game. England are sure to be using their defeat to South Africa in that match as motivation to succeed and overcome South Africa to win their second Rugby World Cup.
The 2019 Rugby World Cup has reached the final stage of the tournament. The Rugby World Cup final will be played on Saturday 2nd November 2019 at the International Stadium Yokohama, Japan. It will be contested by England and South Africa in what is sure to be a thrilling final to a competition which has witnessed plenty of drama.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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