SA, England battle for World Cup glory

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Makazole Mapimpi in action for South Africa

2019 Rugby World Cup Final

Saturday, 2 November 2019

Kick-off: 11h00 am 

Japan  

South Africa will be seeking revenge when they face England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final at the International Stadium Yokohama on Saturday.

The Springboks are brimming with confidence after defeating Wales 19-16 in the second semi-final clash which was played on Sunday.

The player to watch out for in the South Africa team is Makazole Mapimpi, who has been unstoppable at this year’s tournament.

The Sharks winger is amongst the top try scorers in the tournament with five tries and he will be keen to inspire his nation to victory in the final.

South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus says his troops will go and grind it out in the final against England.

“We’ve played England four times over the last 18 months and it is two-all. We are accustomed to the way they play,” Erasmus said.

“They are much better than the last time we played them. You can see that from the way they dismantled New Zealand. But I think we are in with a chance.

“We have a six-day turn around. I’m not 100 percent sure whether the Rugby World Cup final will be won by a very expansive game plan. It might be. I might be wrong. But we’ll go and grind it out.

Meanwhile, England are in a positive mood after stunning the defending champions New Zealand 19-7 in the first semi-final clash which was played on Saturday.

The Red Roses will pin their hopes of winning the trophy on Manu Tuilagi, who impressed in the semi-final clash against the All Blacks.

The Leicester Tigers player has scored three tries in this year’s tournament and he will be looking to continue his form and help England overcome South Africa.

The last match between England and South Africa was on the 3rd of November 2018.

England recorded a 12-11 victory over South Africa in the 2018 Autumn International match.

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Key Match Stats

Head-to-Head

England v South Africa

Matches: 42

England wins – 15

South Africa wins – 25

Draws – 2

England Starting XV: 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.

South Africa Starting XV: 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.

 

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