International Rugby: South Africa vs England Preview

International Rugby: South Africa v Wales Preview
The Springboks will attempt to secure a series whitewash against England at Newlands on the 23rd of June.

South Africa vs England
Newlands Stadium
Saturday, 17:05.

To Win 
South Africa 11/20
Draw 20/1
England 29/20

South Africa (-4.5) 9/10
England (+4.5) 9/10

Rassie Erasmus and his men are 2-0 up against an England side that has lost six matches in a row.

The match will be used as an experiment for the Springbok team in the build-up to the 2019 World Cup - as 'second choice' players will get more game time.

Players like Embrose Papier could come on from the bench, Elton Jantjies will start ahead of Pollard to adapt to the expected wet conditions set for Newlands. Warrick Gelant is also expected to make an appearance later in the match for Willie le Roux.

38-year-old Schalk Brits - who was on the brink of retiring - was given a surprise recall to the squad. Brits certainly will add more depth at hooker and will offer loads of experience to the younger guys in the front row. It'll be interesting to see whether or not the veteran gets any game time this Saturday.

With the series already wrapped up, we could see more fight from the England team who are desperate to make a statement and break their losing streak. England have flown out of the blocks in the first two Tests, taking commanding leads in both Johannesburg and Bloemfontein.

But in both cases they failed to hold on to their lead, often let down by ill-discipline and fatigue in the latter stages of the match - likely due to altitude. The Vunipola brothers have been ruled out of the tour after Billy refractured his arm, while prop Makro is heading back to England for family reasons.

Verdict: England 29/20
With the series wrapped up, I expect the Springboks to take the foot off the gas, allowing the English to break their losing streak and with wet conditions expected in Cape Town, I'll have a small bet on the English. 

Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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