Friday, 01 November 2019 16:17

Springboks ceded possession in both of their knockout phase matches at Rugby World Cup 2019, giving Wales 62 per cent last week and Japan 68 per cent in the first half of the quarter-final. 

They have relied on defence, a strong set-piece and a kicking game to reach this year's final. This is in stark contrast though to the way they played against New Zealand in their opening pool match. A more adventurous game should be expected from South Africa in the final against England tomorrow.

The beginning of last weekend's semi-final against Wales illustrated how the Springboks attempt to frustrate their opponents.

Meanwhile England were hailed as a great attacking team after their performances in the knockout matches but the defence deserve as much credit for providing the platform for scoring chances and blunting the threat from their opponents.

England began the semi-final against New Zealand with a seven-phase attack involving touches from 11 players and ending with Manu Tuilagi going over for a try to give Eddie Jones team the early lead they wanted.

The All Blacks seemed surprised by the intensity of England's attacking power in those opening seconds. There was a huge gap between the post and the ruck left by New Zealand's forwards, which provided Tuilagi the space he needed to score.

The final kicks off at 11:00 (SA Time).

 

Teams:

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn

England

15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Tom Curry, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola

Substitutes: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Dan Cole, 19 George Kruis, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Jonathan Joseph