South Africa vs England: Rugby is about to reach its peak as the hemispheres collide! England and South Africa are meeting in the Rugby World Cup final to see who is crowned the best team in the world.
South Africa beat Wales on Sunday to secure their place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, where they will face England in Yokohama on Saturday.
England will be favourites going into the showpiece, as they were able to dominate defending champions New Zealand for long spells in their semi-final. Manager Eddie Jones would have been delighted with the team’s performance in that eye-catching 19-7 win.
South Africa have performed brilliantly to make it this far, though, and will be buoyed by their narrow 19-16 win against the Welsh. The Springboks also emerged victorious when these two sides met in the final of the competition back in 2007.
England vs South Africa will take place on Saturday, November 2.
Kick-off is at 9am UK time – 11am in South Africa and 6pm in Japan.
It is being played at the Yokohama International Stadium
England vs South Africa will be live on ITV1 in the UK.
Coverage is set to start at 8am.
To stream the game live, head to the ITV Hub or create an account on TV Player.
SuperSport is the Rugby World Cup broadcaster in South Africa.
“South Africa are a difficult opponent and we are going to have to fight really hard to win.
“We know the physical part of the game is going to be important and the players will go into this game well prepared knowing how we want to play.
“South Africa will probably play a similar type of game they have played all tournament, so we need be good in the arm wrestle and when we have the opportunities to break the game up, we are then confident and composed enough to take them.”
Having won the last two World Cups and shone at the current edition of the tournament, New Zealand were rightly favourites again for this year’s title. It’s testament to the England team that they were able to tame the All Blacks so effectively on Saturday.
The foundation for England’s excellent win was their defensive play, as they prevented New Zealand’s array of talented attacking players from establishing any sort of rhythm in the contest.
Celebrations were reserved at the final whistle, though, with Jones’ side clearly aware that there’s more work to do on Saturday against South Africa.
Throughout the tournament, South Africa have been able to make progress with their physical brand of rugby and that was on show again in their last-four clash.
However, as the match moves on the power of the England pack and the greater ingenuity they have in the backs should see them take control, culminating in an historic night for Jones and his players.