After this weekend, the 2019 final was set. It will be England v South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, as they stand side-by-side at the zenith of rugby union.
As seen in the above image, Siya Kilosi and his Springboks team won a tight game over Wales 19-16. Thus boosting the chances of the Rainbow Nation claiming another RWC title. They join England – who defeated New Zealand in the other semifinal.
And with those two sides set to meet each other in the Cup final on November 2, fans and stakeholders can all prepare for the biggest date in the World Rugby calendar.
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Yet even while the main fixture should be a celebration of the game, it could become a battle of attrition.
2019 Final is set for England v South Africa
This 2019 final is a North v South encounter. It pits four-time finalists England, against the three-time finalists South Africa. When the conversion rate is compared, the English side have a 33% success rate [to date]. Losing twice in the Cup final, whereas South Africa have a 100% conversion percentage.
Yet with two sides that admit to playing the percentages, holding the ball close to their chests. Fans’ expectations may need to be less expansive, than if New Zealand, France, or Argentina were involved in the 2019 final. Even though ‘defence wins championships’ many of the 2018/2019 title wins have seen more than 20 points scored by the eventual Champions.
So how will the attitude of an England v South Africa final influence the outcome?
As of yet in the history of Cup finals, South Africa have averaged 15 points – all in penalties. And England has amounted on average of 10.6 points. They accumulate points. Attack when possible, as the two sides scored tries in their semifinals, however, the stakes are much higher now.
The two sides are aware that under extreme pressure (as a Rugby World Cup final is) has a factor of importance on penalty kicks, that is vital.
So expect each side to continue that trend in Yokohama on Saturday, November 2. If given the option, placekickers George Ford (see above image) or Handre Pollard will take the point. They will not play a ‘risk and reward game’ that has seen the two-time defending Champions scheduled to appear in the Bronze medal playoff against Wales on Friday, November 1.
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