South Africa secured a place in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final after a hard-fought 19-16 victory against Wales in Yokohama Stadium, Japan. The Springboks will meet a familiar face in the RWC Final when they come up against former coach in England head coach Eddie Jones. In a replay of the 2007 Rugby World Cup final match, the Boks will hope that they get the same result as they got on home soil.
The England national rugby union team caused an upset when they defeated New Zealand in the first semi-final 19-7. They will look to go one step further and lift the Webb Ellis trophy. The win against the number one side in world rugby union rankings also lifted the English into the top spot while South Africa occupies the second position.
RECAP of the 2019 RWC Semi-Final
South Africa met Wales in the semi-finals that was a tactical battle that was not a simple game by any metric. With small margins in the game, it all came down to the ball fumbles that certainly made us all groan in anger. It was a tense match between the two teams, with only two tries apiece and a last-minute penalty to separate the sides. Dubbed the battle between the Northern Hemisphere versus the Southern Hemisphere, the semi-final matches provided the testing ground to evaluate which part of the globe dominates world rugby.
England & South Africa Rise in Rugby World Rankings
If the current world rankings are any indication, the Northern Hemisphere reign at the top, albeit for the moment. England dumped the All Blacks out of the competition along with the current best rugby side in the world. South Africa’s qualification to the RWC final meant that they also go up the rankings. The Boks will believe that the omen is on their side, with a 12-year gap between every time they lift the trophy. The last time the Springboks won the rugby world cup was 12 years ago in England. To find out how the story unfolds, keep it locked on ghbetsites.com