It won’t come as much of a surprise to know that England have been installed as favourites for the final showdown of the tournament. They are 11/20 as far as the Full Time Result market is concerned, a price justified by their demolition of the All Blacks last weekend.
The Springboks, who have played a brand of rugby that has been effective at getting the job done but hasn’t done much to excite fans, are quoted at 18/10.
The last time these two sides met at rugby’s showpiece tournament was at the same stage of the competition in 2007. On that occasion, John Smit and his teammates were too good, particularly the boot of Percy Montgomery, and lifted the trophy in Paris.
History tells us that the Boks have only lost once, in the 2003 edition, to this opposition when meeting them at the World Cup.
The Handicap sees England (-4.5) vs South Africa (+4.5) at 9/10 and England (-5.5) vs South Africa (+3.5) at even money.
The Winning Margin betting has England Under 12.5 at 12/10 and South Africa Under 12.5 at 12/5. England Over 12.5 is at 28/10 and South Africa Over 12.5 is at 10/1.
You can have 8/11 on England being the first team to score and 11/10 on the Boks to add the first points of the final. Reckon England might score first and win? You can have 15/10 on that outcome or 2/1 on South Africa to score first and lose. There’s 4/1 on South Africa to score first and win.
When it comes to playing finals rugby the margins are tight. If you think there might be a drop goal in the match you can get 18/10 on one being converted.
There’s some interesting betting with regards to the Man of the Match in the final with Owen Farrell at 6/1, Maro Itoje – who earned the prize after a massive game in the semifinal, at 7/1 and Sam Underhill at 10/1.
The first South African to appear on the betting boards is Faf De Klerk at 11/1 and the scrumhalf is probably going to have a big say throughout the match as we’ve seen so far. Handre Pollard, whose boot will be heavily relied on, is at the same price. You can have 20/1 on Siya Kolisi leading from the front and earning the Man of the Match laurels.
The heart says South Africa, the head says England. Either way, it’s going to be a close one.
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