The 2019 Rugby World Cup has been thrilling and there is only one more game to go.
England will face South Africa in the World Cup Final this Saturday night in the Rugby World Cup Final and it could be an instant classic.
It’s the northern hemisphere vs southern hemisphere and everything is on the line.
Both teams have excellent World Cup records and it should make for a terrific final in Japan this weekend.
We look at the best betting opportunities for the Rugby World Cup Final, including head-to-head, points spread, Man of the Match and first try scorer options.
Rugby World Cup Final Tips
England vs. South Africa Game Preview
England was superb in beating the All Blacks last Saturday night. They were clinical, powerful and they thwarted any attack the AB’s tried to put on.
It was something that had never been done before, but there are concerns that they have already played their grand final.
Did England play too well in the semifinal and they might not have anything left in the tank? We don’t think so.
Even though it was a grueling game, they didn’t seem under pressure at all. They rarely had to defend their line and the only try scored by New Zealand was an overthrown lineout.
For South Africa, it was a much different game. The first half was relatively bleak for both sides. They traded penalties before tries started to come in the second half.
South Africa sealed the win with a 77th-minute penalty goal, but they would need to improve to beat England.
Wales didn’t offer much on attack, so the Springboks didn’t have to defend much. England will be attacking throughout the game and that could be too much for this tough SA side.
England vs. South Africa Betting Predictions
Bookmakers opened England as the $1.57 favourite but already we’ve seen some strong money come for the English.
They’re currently into $1.50 and that’s not a bad price when you look at their respective semifinal wins.
England were completely dominant of the best team in the world and that form has to stack up perfectly for the final.
We’re confident England will get the job done over South Africa. The $1.50 is a touch short, so we’ll look at the value in the points spread market.
As we were writing, England drifted from –3.5 favourites to –4.5 That’s not an overly big move in the grand scale of this bet, but it could move out to –5.5.
That’s a big drift if it does, so we recommend taking the –4.5 on offer for England. They are the better team and South Africa have a big historical statistic going against them.
No team has lost a pool match and won the World Cup. South Africa lost to New Zealand in the opening game, so going by that, England should be too good.
Tip: England –4.5 ($1.90) @ Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
2019 Rugby World Cup Final first tryscorer predictions
England and South Africa both possess good attacking teams. That typically results in plenty of tries.
We look at the best Rugby World Cup try-scoring bets from both sides and there’s plenty of value on offer from bookmakers.
Jonny May @ $9.00 – Bet Now
Jonny May deserves to be the current favourite to score first in Saturday’s final. He has made a habit of scoring and he cashes in more often than not.
He was a little unlucky not to score the second try of the game against New Zealand when being run down by Scott Barrett.
However, the way England plays are ideal for punters looking for value. He’s currently at $9 to score first and $3.50 to score at any time during the match.
That’s probably the best betting option as he’s a threat for the entire 80 minutes.
Anthony Watson @ $10 – Bet Now
Anthony Watson is speed personified. His rugby skills aren’t top notch but he has speed to burn and that’s what wingers need.
Watson was unable to get fully going against New Zealand, but he looked great in limited opportunities.
South Africa can be beaten on the edges, so look for Watson to get premium ball and go scorching down the right wing.
$10 is good value and $3.75 to score at any time is also worth looking at.
Cheslin Kolbe @ $13 – Bet Now
Speaking of speed, Cheslin Kolbe has plenty of it. He might not be a well-known name in the world of rugby, but he’s a prolific try scorer.
Kolbe should take advantage of good play from his first five and centre. That will open up space on the wing and he could get around Jonny May to score.
South Africa is known for their speedsters on the line and Kolbe is the next big thing for the Springboks.
Faf de Klerk @ $23 – Bet Now
It would be an upset result to see the big forward score the first try, but South Africa might adopt those tactics.
They’ll be looking to muscle up against this strong England forward and what better way to make a statement than to score through your forwards.
Faf de Klerk could sniff out the try line after a rolling maul and value punters could cash in.
He’s certainly worth putting on the ticket.
2019 Rugby World Cup Man of the Match
We think England will win the game; therefore we’re picking an Englishman to win Man of the Match.
The current favourite is Owen Farrell because he’ll be converting most of the points, but don’t be surprised to see Maro Itoje’s name pop up.
Itoje has been amazing for England this season. His ability to create turnovers is the reason why England have been so good.
Often that ability gets overlooked by Man of the Match selectors, but Maro Itoje’s profile has increased significantly in the 2019 World Cup.
Selectors will be looking at him and the $11 to win the honours should be taken.
If South Africa are to win the World Cup, it will likely be from the boot of Handre Pollard. Include him in selections at $13 as a saver bet.