Rugby World Cup Preview: England vs South Africa Prediction, Preview, and Odds (Oct 21)
- England looking to avenge 2019 World Cup final defeat against South Africa
- Springboks overcame France in a World Cup thriller last weekend
The second Rugby World Cup semi-final takes place at the Stade de France on Saturday, as there will be a rematch of the 2019 final between England and South Africa. The Springboks will be the clear favorites in the betting, but can the Red Roses overcome the odds?
How To Watch
- When: Saturday, October 21, 2023. 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Stade de France, Paris, France
- How To Watch: Peacock
Another thrilling knockout match at the Rugby World Cup awaits on Saturday, as there will be a rematch of the 2019 final between South Africa and England. The Red Roses will be looking for revenge after falling to defeat against the Springboks four years ago, and there is clear evidence to suggest that Steve Borthwick’s side have grown into the competition as it has progressed this year.
England easily topped their Pool D campaign, with the standout victory coming on the opening night against Argentina. However, their best performance under Borthwick came in the last eight last weekend, as they recorded a 30-24 success over Fiji. Owen Farrell responded to critics by scoring one conversion, five penalties, and a drop goal.
As the reigning champions, South Africa remain a key contender to retain their title this year. The Springboks suffered defeat in the pool stage, as they were forced to settle for second spot following defeat against Ireland. However, any doubts surrounding their ability to go all the way were answered in a pulsating clash with France in the last eight.
The nations shared five tries in a thrilling opening 40, before South Africa’s aggressive push to the try line was evident in the second period, as they powered over for tries at critical moments. The pivotal try was scored by Eben Etzebeth, before Handre Pollard scored a sensational penalty from inside his own half to put the Springboks in a dominant position with ten minutes to play.
England vs South Africa Prediction
South Africa have looked incredibly strong throughout the World Cup. But, it could be worth taking England on the spread this weekend. The Red Roses have enjoyed a more straightforward passage to this point, while the Springboks have already faced three grueling tests against Ireland, Scotland, and France, which could leave them fatigued.