Rugby Tips: Our bruising best bets for England v South Africa semi final

Jason Kenny from PPTV guides us through the second Rugby World Cup semi final tonight.


England v South Africa Betting Tips

South Afrida (-14)
Cheslin Kolbe Anytime Try Scorer

Saturday 8pm: England v South Africa
Rugby World Cup Semi Final at Stade de France
TV: ITV 1 and Virgin Media One

Steve Borthwick’s boring army had a calamitous build up to the Rugby World Cup but, to be fair to them, they are the only undefeated team still left in the competition.

Since 2021 England have won just six of their 15 Six Nations games but they are unbeaten up to now in this competition.

South Africa, on the other hand, beat England back in 2019 in the World Cup final and they won that easily 32-12 and I think a similar margin is likely tonight. Of their matchday 23 from that final, 15 are still here so they’ve got plenty of experience and depth off the bench, which was the key against France in the quarter finals.

They’re ranked No.2 in the world and heading into the World Cup they had won five from six with their only loss coming back in July against New Zealand and that was a narrow one. T

heir defence is incredible and they have are conceding, on average, just 8.5 points per fame.

England’s task is a massive one. The sides met last November at Twickenham and South Africa won that game 27-13 and the head-to-head is 27-16 in South Africa’s favour with two draws as well.

South Africa are going to win this game. We’ve got the spread at 13 points and I think The Springboks will cover that so South Africa (-14) in the handicaps looks worth a go.

If you’re looking at try scorers then what else can we say about Cheslin Kolbe? The defining moment of the World Cup could potentially be his block when Thomas Ramos was trying to make that conversion for France.

That was huge in that match and if you’re looking for a punt in the try-scorer markets then Kolbe to Score Anytime is well worth a go. His dancing feet and speed off the line are incredible and it’s and ageing backline for England.

England v South Africa Betting Tips

South Afrida (-14)
Cheslin Kolbe Anytime Try Scorer

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