World Cup Final: Clash of Rugby Gods
The Rugby World Cup in Japan is now lining for its end with the final episode being the Springboks vs England. A battle of the sole survivors, with England slaying the weak old dragon the All Blacks, who had shown weaknesses in the Four Nations. A tournament that was won by the Springboks this year and although the All Blacks had beaten the Springboks in the open stages of the world cup, however, the South Africans seemed more nervous one could say but they were not necessarily a weaker team.
Now, that is all gone, the only two teams left our England and the Springboks two teams playing winning rugby, a game where the strategy is to put the opposition under pressure and the tactics in achieving this, involve a good kicking game and playing on the oppositions half.
A type of game mastered over the years by the South Africans, however, with hypocrites criticising this game as outdated when South Africa applied it; the country tried to play a more ‘expansive game’ like the All Blacks (even though the all blacks use this game plan against us). Yes, one can argue South Africa could give the ball more air and are to dogmatic with their approach. Regardless, whether it was the Welsh or England, the kicking game is used by most of the top teams. It weakness is that it relies on having strong set pieces, a strong line-out and scrum.
Nevertheless, Yokohama will be hosting the two current rugby gods, while the rugby titans watch on, at a clash that is not to be missed