Rugby World Cup Final Free Picks & Predictions: England vs South Africa
What a tournament this has been; England putting in an unprecedented and outright domineering performance over the Kiwis on Saturday, followed-up by an agonisingly close semifinal between Wales and the Springbok to setup the final in Yokohama.
England and South Africa will contest a Rugby World Cup Final for the second time in 12 years. The venue is the International Stadium Yokohama and kick-off will be at 9am EST.
Will we hear the sound of swing low sweet chariot at full-time on Saturday?
- 01England to bring It home (1.44)
- 02South Africa to win It (2.75)
- 03Both teams difficult to breakdown, total points under 37.5 (1.90)
- 04Jonny May to grab another, Jonny May score a try anytime (5.0)
England to bring It home (1.44)
Eddie Jones’ men gave a titanic performance to show the All Blacks how the Northern Hemisphere representatives can play.
To put into perspective how bigger win this was, the All Blacks hadn’t lost a quarter-final since they played France over 10 years ago.
The dust seems to have settled now and Eddie Jones won’t be messing about with his preparations. A coach who lives and breathes the sport will know what’s at stake and how close the Three Lions are to claiming their second World Cup title.
The bookmaker’s Rugby World Cup betting odds heavily favour England, and rightly so. If they can replicate their semifinal performance they will run over this Springboks side.
Expect England to be too much for the Springboks and win the final.
Ian Robertson’s iconic commentary of Jonny Wilkinson’s 2003 World Cup winning drop goal for England vs Australia🌹🏆— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) February 12, 2018
🎙: “This is the one, it’s coming back for Jonny Wilkinson...”
“He drops for World Cup glory... IT’S UP, IT’S OVER, HE’S DONE IT!”pic.twitter.com/KRYhhoqvNU
South Africa to win It (2.75)
The Springboks looked in control in their semifinal against Warren Gatland’s Wales. But with a try in the second-half for Wales, it meant a nail-biting finish to the game. Sadly for Wales, a penalty kick from man-of-the-match Handre Pollard won it in the end.
South Africa have a host of physical players and their physicality is something that has become synonymous with their side at this world cup. This is something they will look to utilise against England.
However, England aren’t short of physical players and they have the talent to match it. The manner in which they dismantled New Zealand was truly remarkable and this is something that will be on the Springbok players’ minds.
Form goes out the window on occasions such as these - can South Africa snatch it from England’s grip?
Take a punt on South Africa to win the final.
Both teams difficult to breakdown, total points under 37.5 (1.90)
South Africa are accustomed to being in World Cup Finals. They’ve won two and will be fired up for a third title, given the talent on display with this youthful and very physical team.
England are unmatched in the turnover and will put this on the Springboks. Maro Itoje enjoyed the plaudits of man-of-the-match against the Kiwi’s, winning 4 turnovers; with a combination of lineup, maul and in the breakdown.
The physicality of this South Africa side, means they’ll be able to match England. But the question is, can they impose their style of play on Eddie Jones’ men. It will be a tight match with not a lot of space to work in.
We feel the final score will be something around 19-7 in England’s favour.
Take total points to be under 37.5.
Jonny May to grab another, Jonny May score a try anytime (5.0)
England’s left winger, who has enjoyed a wonderful tournament picking up two tries against Australia and putting in some great performances, has been given the go-ahead for the final.
He hobbled off against the Kiwis on Saturday after receiving a crunching tackle from the All Blacks defence. But Eddie Jones has since come out and cleared him to play, but Willi Heinz is out injured and Ben Spencer will replace him.
The way England setup, Jonny May will get his opportunities to contribute. England certainly won’t play in the same way they did against New Zealand, but they will go wide when they get bodies over and this will be the winger’s moment.
The smart money says Jonny May to score anytime.
"There's no reason why I can’t keep improving, that’s what motivates me.”— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) October 20, 2019
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