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The line has been drawn and the two teams are ready as we go into the final match of this years Rugby World Cup in Japan.

It is a repeat of the 2007 Final in France but in many ways so much different. In 2007 the Springboks were building throughout the tournament and were considered favourites to lift the trophy, this time it is England who have been building impressively towards the final.

They have been brilliant throughout the tournament and they did what not many thought they would do and beat New Zealand in the Semi-Finals.

They will be facing a Springbok side who has done what was needed every single game after loosing that first pool match against the All Blacks. It was never pretty against the better sides but Rassie team has done the job.

To have made the final from were South African rugby were 18 months ago is an achievement on it’s own but the job is not yet done. You do not do all the hard work and time to reach a final just to make up the numbers, you go out to win this thing.

This weekend will be one of the biggest test for Erasmus and his Springboks as they come up against a well coached England side. They have a pack that can compete and a backline that have shown they can adopt to any game and score tries.

Let’s be honest for one second, if the Springboks come out on Saturday and beat England, it will be one of the major upsets in this World Cup.

It is going to be a massive collusion upfront and set pieces will be crucial. England manage to upset the All Blacks in both set pieces and the small battles on the ground and if they get that right against the Springboks, it may end up a long afternoon for the Boks.

Courtney Lawes and Maro Itoje was massive in the lineouts last week but they will come up against two of the best lineout jumpers in the world when they face Etzebeth and De Jager. This may be the place were this final is won or loss.

England danger does not stop with Itoje and Lawes, they have a great loose trio who has been at their best in this World Cup. It is going to be a massive battle to see who gets the upper-hand with go-forward ball between Vermeulen and Vunipola.

At the back you have Ford up against Pollard but the real battle will be in the midfield with both teams having had a great World Cup in defence.

De Allende, Am against Farrell, Tuilagi is going to be something special with both teams having world class finishers out wide.

The big question on Saturday is who will blink first?

Predictions: Ah no, I am not even going to try, England are favourites but Springboks has as much of a chance as England to lift that trophy.


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

Replacements: 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

Replacements: 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


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  1. I see that doyen of refereeing excellence, Jerome Garces, has been appointed to blow the final…

    Bok record with the Frog legs blowing

    14 played

    10 lost

    I see that short little twerp Jaco Peyper got into trouble for laughing about the red card he gave the Froggies

    Referees have absolutely ruined rugby.

    Red cards have ruined this world cup as a fair contest.

    Hey one player “maybe” infringes… let’s ruin the whole country’s chances at rugby…

    “Contact with the face”

    So what? So I suppose kissing is also a red card offence… will tell the wife and kids.

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