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Rugby World Cup Final: South Africa Battle England

“We have seen teams play their final in the semi-final and don’t turn up for the final.

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By Segun Precious

The Springboks won it in 1995  and 2007 and are seeking a repeat of that feat in 2019 in far away Japan.

They did against All Blacks of New Zealand in 1995  and coincidentally against England in 2007.

The International Stadium in Yokohama, Japan will come alive Saturday 2 November when some of Rugby’s biggest rivalry will take centre stage.

The dramatis personae are already combat-ready: “We’re in with a chance,” said Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus.

“I don’t think the final will be won by a very expansive gameplan and wonderful tries. We’ll go and grind it out.”

“We have seen teams play their final in the semi-final and don’t turn up for the final,” he said.

“We will see what England do.”

On the suggestion that England might have played their best game in the victory over New Zealand in the semi-final, Coach Eddie Jones had this to say: “”We had a walk through this morning and we had to tell Jonny to slow down a bit,” the England coach said about his players getting fit for the final.

But May is in “immeasurably better” condition than when he was recovering from a hamstring problem at the same stage last week.

Jones added: “Owen’s a bit sore but he’ll be fine. We’ve got a few others carrying bumps and bruises because it was a tough old game.”

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