80 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England?

80 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England?

(CNN)After six weeks and 44 games, the Rugby World Cup boils down to 80 minutes between England and South Africa.

A new champion will be crowned in Yokohama on Saturday after England robbed the All Blacks of the chance to win a third consecutive title, the best performance seen in the World Cup so far.South Africa, too, has been formidable throughout this tournament. Physically dominant and tactically savvy in the knockout stages, the Springboks’ opening defeat to New Zealand now seems a lifetime ago.

    Armed with a muscular, bulldozing set of forwards, Rassie Erasmus’ side, which only last year was ranked an all-time low of seventh in the world, has forged a style of play that, if not pretty, is ruthlessly effective.”If one understands where we’ve come from — being number six, seven or eight in the world — we’ve got certain challenges, and one of them was always to redeem ourselves and become a power again in world rugby,” Erasmus told reporters after his side ground out a 19-16 semifinal victory against Wales.Read More”I guess you can expect very much the same from us on Saturday.”80 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Duane Vermeulen packs down for a scrum against Wales in the Rugby World Cup semifinal. This year’s final is a repeat of 2007 when an unfancied England side had punched above its weight in defense of its first, and to this day only, World Cup title.The Springboks won for a second time then, but over a decade on the two sides are more evenly matched having each won two of their last four meetings. READ: Age is just a number when it comes to rugby in JapanEngland’s appetiteFormer flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson, who kicked England’s winning drop goal in 2003 and was in the side that lost the 2007 final to South Africa, has spent time as a consultant coach with England. He’s been encouraged with what he’s seen in Japan. “My feeling of having been around the squad for a bit is that the guys are interested in their performance, not in the rewards or recognition at this stage,” Wilkinson told CNN Sport’s Christina Macfarlane following England’s victory over New Zealand. “(In 2003) we had a lot of guys who knew it was going to be their swansong. You can sort of see them saying: ‘Would be nice to end on this, wouldn’t it?’ “These guys, they all appreciate this has got to be a stepping stone to something. You don’t walk off and go: ‘Shall I retire at 24, 21, because I’ve won the thing?’ You say no, this is something I use to go: ‘What’s next?'”80 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? 80 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England?

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    England secures place in Rugby World Cup final 02:13Between Argentina in the group stages, Australia in the quarterfinals, and New Zealand in the semis, England has proved itself to be adaptable in attack — combining power up front with pace in the backs — and, especially against New Zealand, aggressive in defense.In Eddie Jones, England has one of canniest, most experienced coaches in the game who has transformed the side since it was dumped out of the World Cup on home soil in the group stages four years ago.READ: Social media campaign sends twin brother of England star to Japan to watch Rugby World Cup finalWhen it comes to World Cups, Jones has pedigree. He was in charge of the Australian team that fell short to England in the 2003 final, acted as a consultant to the victorious Springboks side in 2007, and masterminded Japan’s stunning upset of South Africa in 2015. A twist of circumstance now sees Jones come up against South Africa in Japan. Win, and his reputation as one of rugby’s greatest coaches will be secured.80 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s Siya Kolisi celebrates with the Webb Ellis trophy after the Springboks’ Rugby World Cup final victory over England.Hide Caption 1 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesOwen Farrell of England walks past the Web Ellis trophy. South Africa were deserved victors, winning 32-12.Hide Caption 2 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s lock Eben Etzebeth (C) passes the ball to South Africa’s centre Damian De Allende (L). The win over England gave the Springboks their third World Cup title.Hide Caption 3 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEben Etzebeth of South Africa looks on from the bottom of the scrum. The Springboks ran away with the game in the second half after scoring two tries.Hide Caption 4 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJonny May of England breaks past Frans Malherbe of South Africa. England won the World Cup in 2003, but have now lost two finals to South Africa — in 2007 and 2019.Hide Caption 5 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand’s wing Ben Smith (L) celebrates with scrumhalf Aaron Smith after scoring a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup bronze final match against Wales. The All Blacks ran out comfortable 40-17 winners.Hide Caption 6 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe All Blacks celebrate their bronze medal success.Hide Caption 7 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales were never able to match the power and speed of the All Blacks.Hide Caption 8 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ flanker Justin Tipuric (L) fights for the ball with New Zealand’s lock Brodie Retallick (C) and fullback Beauden Barrett.Hide Caption 9 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ Adam Beard catches the ball in the lineout.Hide Caption 10 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s former Emperor Akihito (centre L) and Empress Michiko wave during the bronze final match.Hide Caption 11 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesKieran Read of New Zealand acknowledges the fans following his final appearance for the All Blacks.Hide Caption 12 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales takes on South Africa in the second semifinal in Yokohama Sunday. Welshman Aaron Wainwright (right) tackles Springbok flanker Pieter-Steph Du Toit.Hide Caption 13 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ Dan Biggar passes the ball as he is tackled by Du Toit during the Rugby World Cup semifinal.Hide Caption 14 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa scrum-half Faf de Klerk on the prowl during the semifinal against Wales. Hide Caption 15 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ full back Leigh Halfpenny on the attack against South Africa. Hide Caption 16 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s RG Snyman wins a high ball against Wales.Hide Caption 17 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa triumphs 19-16 thanks to a late penalty kick from Handre Pollard. Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi (center) gestures after booking a spot in the final against England.Hide Caption 18 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEngland’s Manu Tuilagi scores after a powerful start from his side in the semifinal against three-time champion New Zealand.Hide Caption 19 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEngland teammates celebrate a try — ultimately ruled out — from Ben Youngs against the All Blacks.Hide Caption 20 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand’s TJ Perenara passes the ball before he hits the ground during the semifinal against England.Hide Caption 21 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEngland wing Johnny May takes flight past the outstretched hand of New Zealand’s Richie Mo’unga.Hide Caption 22 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand’s centre Jack Goodhue is tackled by Courtney Lawes as a dominant England trounces New Zealand 19-7 to reach its first World Cup final since 2007.Hide Caption 23 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s Faf de Klerk runs to score a try during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match at Tokyo Stadium between Japan and the Springboks. South Africa won 26-3.Hide Caption 24 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s Shota Horie is tackled by South Africa’s Eben Etzebeth.Hide Caption 25 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFans react during the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match at Tokyo Stadium between Japan and South Africa.Hide Caption 26 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesLukhanyo Am (C) of South Africa jump for the balls during a lineout.Hide Caption 27 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesYutaka Nagare looks dejected after Japan’s defeat.Hide Caption 28 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesMichael Leitch of Japan acknowledges the crowd whilst walking down the tunnel after the Brave Blossoms’ defeat.Hide Caption 29 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAaron Wainwright celebrates with teammates after Wales’ 20-10 quarterfinal win over France.Hide Caption 30 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFrance’s Gael Fickou battles for possession with Wales’ Owen Watkin during quarterfinal at Oita Stadium.Hide Caption 31 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFrance’s lock Sebastien Vahaamahina (black cap) elbows Wales’ flanker Aaron Wainwright (L). Vahaamahina was red carded and his dismisall proved key as Wales took control of the match.Hide Caption 32 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFrance fans are pictured during the Rugby World Cup 2019 quarterfinal against Wales.Hide Caption 33 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ lock Alun Wyn Jones (C) catches the ball.Hide Caption 34 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ Dan Biggar takes selfies with fans at the end quarterfinal.Hide Caption 35 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand’s full back Beauden Barrett (C) looks to pass the ball during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal match against Ireland. The All Blacks won 46-14.Hide Caption 36 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland’s centre Robbie Henshaw scores a try.Hide Caption 37 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSamuel Whitelock of New Zealand stretches for a lineout ball.Hide Caption 38 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland’s prop Tadhg Furlong (L) is tackled.Hide Caption 39 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJordie Barrett of New Zealand scores his team’s seventh try.Hide Caption 40 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSam Underhill of England looks to tackle Will Genia of Australia their quarterfinal match. England won 40-16.Hide Caption 41 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJonny May of England takes on Kurtley Beale of Australia.Hide Caption 42 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesReece Hodge of Australia claims a high ball under pressure from Jonny May of England.Hide Caption 43 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesKurtley Beale of Australia evades Owen Farrell and Elliot Daly of England.Hide Caption 44 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesMaro Itoje of England claims a lineout ahead of Rory Arnold and Izack Rodda of Australia.Hide Caption 45 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s Kenki Fukuoka evades Scotland’s Chris Harris and Greig Laidlaw during the Group A game between Japan and Scotland at International Stadium Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan, on Sunday.Hide Caption 46 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s players line up for a minute of silence for the victims of Typhoon Hagibis prior to their match against Scotland. At least 15 people were killed and 140 are missing after Japan’s worst storm in decades.Hide Caption 47 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s Michael Leitch misses the lineout ball. Japan will face South Africa in the semi-finals.Hide Caption 48 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s Yutaka Nagare grabs the ball against Scotland’s Jamie Ritchie.Hide Caption 49 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesScotland’s wing Tommy Seymour is tackled. Japan beat Scotland 28-21 on home soil to reach their first ever World Cup quarterfinal.Hide Caption 50 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ back row James Davies catches the ball above back row Ross Moriarty during the Pool D match between Wales and Uruguay at the Kumamoto Stadium in Kumamoto, Japan, on Sunday.Hide Caption 51 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ centre Hadleigh Parkes is tackled.Hide Caption 52 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales winger Hallam Amos runs with the ball as Uruguay’s prop Juan Echeverria goes to tackle.Hide Caption 53 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesHallam Amos of Wales and Gaston Mieres of Uruguay jump for a high ball. Wales beat Uruguay 35-13, qualifying them for a quarterfinal match against France.Hide Caption 54 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe Tonga players perform the Sipi Tau prior to the Group C game between USA and Tonga at Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka, Japan on Sunday.Hide Caption 55 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesUnited States’ Cam Dolan catches the ball. The United States led the game 12-7 at half-time.Hide Caption 56 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTonga’s Malietoa Hingano runs at the United States defense.Hide Caption 57 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTonga came back in the second half for a final score of 31-19, marking the team’s first win at the 2019 Rugby World Cup and fourth spot in Pool C.Hide Caption 58 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland’s Keith Earls runs past the Samoan defense during the Rugby World Cup Pool A game at Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium between Ireland and Samoa, in Fukuoka on Saturday. Hide Caption 59 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland’s Tadhg Furlong reacts after scoring a try against Samoa. The Irish led the game 26-5 at halftime. Hide Caption 60 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJordan Larmour of Ireland runs with the ball towards Alapati Leiua of Samoa. The game took place in the west of Japan as a typhoon battered Tokyo some 1,100 kilometers away. Hide Caption 61 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesChris Vui of Samoa wins the line-out from Iain Henderson of Ireland but it was the Irish who got the better of most duels despite having a player red carded. Hide Caption 62 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesLarmour scored his side’s fifth try of the game as Ireland — which has never won the World Cup — advanced to the quarterfinals.Hide Caption 63 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAustralia’s Izack Rodda runs at Georgia’s Mamuka Gorgodze, left, and Beka Saginadze during the Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa between Australia and Georgia in Shizuoka, Japan on Friday. Hide Caption 64 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesGeorgia’s Beka Gigashvili reacts as a scrum collapses to the ground during the game at Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa between Australia and Georgia in Shizuoka. Hide Caption 65 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesMarika Koroibete of Australia breaks through to score his side’s second try during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group D game between Australia and Georgia. Hide Caption 66 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAustralia’s Will Genia reacts after scoring a try against Georgia. Hide Caption 67 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAustralia’s full back Kurtley Beale (C) runs with the ball during the match between Australia and Georgia. Hide Caption 68 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesArgentina confirmed its spot in the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France with a 47-17 win over USA, ensuring it finished third in Pool C. Hide Caption 69 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesBut following some poor results early in its group matches, the Pumas have failed to reach the knockout stages for the first time since 2003.Hide Caption 70 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe USA’s third defeat of the World Cup didn’t stop its fans turning out with their usual energy and noise. Hide Caption 71 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe 17 points the USA scored against Argentina more than doubled its total at this year’s World Cup. Hide Caption 72 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesScotland continued its push for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals with a bonus-point 61-0 win over Russia in Shizuoka. Hide Caption 73 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIt was Russia’s fourth defeat from four games and it has now lost its four games in the competition with an aggregate score of 160-19. Hide Caption 74 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesScotland’s win sets up a titanic clash against hosts Japan Sunday, with Scotland needing another bonus-point win to qualify for the quarterfinals.Hide Caption 75 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTwo first-half tries from Adam Hastings handed Scotland an early lead and a George Horne hat-trick helped it extend its lead. Horne became the fifth player to score a hat-trick for Scotland at the Rugby World Cup.Hide Caption 76 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesRussia struggled with its set-pieces all afternoon, but Ryan Wilson (right) couldn’t quite intercept this one as Russia’s Andrey Ostrikov (left) catches the ball.Hide Caption 77 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIn a physical game in Oita, Wales booked its place in the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup with a 29-17 victory over Fiji. Hide Caption 78 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales fell behind by 10 points early in the first half, but a hat-trick from Josh Adams helped it recover. Hide Caption 79 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThree key Wales players — Josh Adams, Dan Biggar and Jonathan Davies — all went off injured during the game and are doubts for the rest of the World Cup. Hide Caption 80 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesBoth sides had two players yellow carded in a frenetic game, as well as five disallowed tries between both teams. Hide Caption 81 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFiji winger Semi Radradra was given the man-of-the-match award for his strong performance. His quick feet, powerful running and slick offloads caused Welsh defenders problems throughout the game.Hide Caption 82 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesCanada’s Jeff Hassler runs for the ball during the Pool B match against South Africa but his side were on the wrong end of a 66-7 drubbing. Hide Caption 83 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesDamian Willemse of South Africa scores his team’s ninth try at the Kobe Misaki Stadium. Hide Caption 84 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s Frans Malherbe also got on the score sheet. Hide Caption 85 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesCanada’s Evan Olmstead (left) and South Africa’s RG Snyman compete for the ball.Hide Caption 86 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s Cobus Reinach runs clear of Canada’s Jeff Hassler during the Pool B game at Kobe Misaki Stadium. Hide Caption 87 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFrance’s Alivereti Raka touches the ball down to score an early try against Tonga in his side’s narrow 23-21 win in Pool C.Hide Caption 88 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTonga’s Atieli Pakalani, left, is tackled by a French defender at the Kumamoto Stadium. Hide Caption 89 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFrance’s number 8 Gregory Alldritt, right, is tackled by Tonga’s prop Ma’afu Fia. Hide Caption 90 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTonga’s centre Mali Hingano (C) is held up by France’s fly-half Romain Ntamack (L) and France’s scrum-half Antoine Dupont (R).Hide Caption 91 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFrance’s Antoine Dupont runs at the Tongan defense during a hard-fought encounter.Hide Caption 92 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJordie Barrett of New Zealand dives to score his side’s tenth try a 71-9 win for the All Blacks over Namibia in Pool B at the Tokyo Stadium.Hide Caption 93 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTjiuee Uanivi of Namibia and Shannon Frizell of New Zealand compete at a line out.Hide Caption 94 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand’s T J Perenara is about to score a try as he is tackled by Namibia’s Helarius Kisting.Hide Caption 95 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand’s wing George Bridge is tackled by Namibia’s wing Lesley Klim.Hide Caption 96 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s Kotaro Matsushima reacts after scoring his side’s vital fourth bonus-point try in the 39-18 win over Samoa in Pool A.Hide Caption 97 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s number 8 Kazuki Himeno (R) is tackled by Samoa’s prop Michael Alaalatoa (L) during a hard-fought encounter at the City of Toyota Stadium.Hide Caption 98 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSamoa’s wing Ed Fidow runs with the ball during the Pool A encounter.Hide Caption 99 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s wing Kenki Fukuoka charges clear to score the third try for the Brave Blossoms. Hide Caption 100 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAdam Ashley-Cooper of Australia makes a break during his side’s 45-10 win over Uruguay in Pool D at the Oita Stadium.Hide Caption 101 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAustralia’s Tevita Kuridrani is tackled by Uruguay’s Tomas Inciarte during the Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Oita Stadium.Hide Caption 102 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesUruguay’s scrum-half Santiago Arata passes the ball during the clash against the Wallabies.Hide Caption 103 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFranco Lamanna of Uruguay wins a line out under challenge from Lukhan Salakaia-Loto of Australia.Hide Caption 104 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEngland’s Luke Cowan-Dickie scores his side’s sixth and final try against the Argentina Pumas in a 39-10 win in Pool C.Hide Caption 105 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesArgentina’s wing Santiago Carreras runs into England’s scrum-half Ben Youngs at the Tokyo Stadium.Hide Caption 106 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJonny May of England takes on Emiliano Boffelli of Argentina. May scored the opening try for his side.Hide Caption 107 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJack Nowell of England scores his side’s fifth try as 14-man Argentina wilted under pressure.Hide Caption 108 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAfter defeat by New Zealand in its opening game at Japan 2019, South Africa couldn’t afford to slip up against Italy. South Africa’s flanker Pieter-Steph Du Toit tackles Italy’s centre Luca Morisi.Hide Caption 109 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa ran out comfortable winners — 49-3 — at the game at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Shizuoka. Mbongeni Mbonambi dives across the line to score a try for South Africa.Hide Caption 110 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s wing Cheslin Kolbe (L) runs to score a try during the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Italy at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Shizuoka on October 4, 2019. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP) (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)Hide Caption 111 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesItaly’s hooker Luca Bigi is caught at the bottom of a ruck.Hide Caption 112 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWillie Le Roux of South Africa is tackled by Sergio Parisse of Italy.Hide Caption 113 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTito Tebaldi of Italy kicks under pressure from Faf De Klerk of South Africa.Hide Caption 114 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJack Carty of Ireland tries to break clear as his side looks to bounce back against Russia in Kobe following a shock defeat by host Japan.Hide Caption 115 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland’s centre Bundee Aki (right) felt the force of Russian opposite number Kirill Golosnitskiy during the Pool A match.Hide Caption 116 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesRhys Ruddock of Ireland runs with the ball towards Igor Galinovskiy of Russia during the match in Kobe.Hide Caption 117 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesRuddock scores Ireland’s third try as the world’s No.1 ranked team runs out the 35-0 winner to get back on track in the tournament.Hide Caption 118 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFiji took on Georgia looking for its first win in the tournament. Kini Murimurivalu (right) was in action taking on Georgia’s Giorgi Kveseladze at Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Osaka.Hide Caption 119 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesGeorgia’s Soso Matiashvili is shackled during the game against Fiji.Hide Caption 120 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesGeorgia centre Davit Kacharava can’t get through, either.Hide Caption 121 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFiji’s Leone Nakarawa is tackled by Merab Sharikadze of Georgia.Hide Caption 122 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSemi Radradra scores his team’s seventh try as Fiji triumphs 45-10 against Georgia.Hide Caption 123 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJordie Barrett shrugs off an attempted tackle from a despairing Canadian player during the All Blacks’ 63-0 romp over the North American team. Hide Caption 124 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWhile Canada never gave up hope, it failed to score a single point for the second time in a Rugby World Cup game (0-20 vs. South Africa in 1995)Hide Caption 125 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand center Sonny Bill Williams (left) scored the All Blacks’ third try of the evening and with the win, has won his last 16 Rugby World Cup games, equaling Kiwi hooker Keven Mealamu’s all-time record of consecutive wins at the tournament.Hide Caption 126 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWhile Canada struggled with their set pieces all evening, Tyler Ardron did win this lineout.Hide Caption 127 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand scrum-half TJ Perenara’s quick hands and activity around the scrum helped New Zealand score four tries in the first 10 minutes of the second half.Hide Caption 128 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesArdie Savea made World Cup history when he came on for New Zealand. He became the first player in World Cup history to wear goggles during a game.Hide Caption 129 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIt wasn’t pretty, but a misfiring France managed to record its second victory of the tournament with a 33-9 win over USA.Hide Caption 130 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAJ MacGinty (middle) scored all nine points for the USA with his boot, going three for three with his penalties. Hide Caption 131 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe USA’s performance didn’t prevent its fans from having a nice time, as they turned out in force in the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium to support their country.Hide Caption 132 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAlthough the USA got to within three points of France in the second-half, a late flurry of tries from Gael Fickou, Baptiste Serin (center) and Jefferson Poirot secured the bonus-point win for the French.Hide Caption 133 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNick Civetta of the United States stretches for the ball at a lineout with France’s Paul Gabrillagues. The big second row has featured in both of the USA’s defeats at the Rugby World Cup. Hide Caption 134 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesScotland’s Darcy Graham (centre) in action against Samoa as the Scots look to get their World Cup campaign back on track after a lackluster opening defeat by Ireland.Hide Caption 135 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesScotland’s cause is helped by a yellow card for Samoa’s Ed Fidow, temporarily reducing the Pacific Islanders to 14 men. Fidow is later sent off for a second yellow card.Hide Caption 136 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSean Maitland fumbles the ball as Scotland chase a fourth try and a bonus point which could prove crucial at the business end of the pool stage. Hide Caption 137 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAlapati Leiua of Samoa is tackled by Jamie Ritchie of Scotland in a bruising match in Kobe. Hide Caption 138 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesScotland runs out the 34-0 winner against Samoa to revive its hope of qualifying for the knockout stage.Hide Caption 139 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ Gareth Davies (left) is congratulated by teammate Hadleigh Parkes after scoring his crucial interception try during a 29-25 win over Australia in the Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Tokyo Stadium.Hide Caption 140 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAustralian supporters react following the Rugby World Cup Pool D game defeat to Wales in Tokyo.Hide Caption 141 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales’ No. 8 Josh Navidi (left) is tackled by Australia’s lock Izack Rodda during an epic encounter.Hide Caption 142 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales star George North in action during the nerve-jangling match.Hide Caption 143 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAdam Ashley-Cooper of Australia scores the first half try to drag his side back into contention against Wales after a slow start for the Wallabies. Hide Caption 144 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesDane Haylett-Petty of Australia jumps for the ball under pressure from Liam Williams of Wales.Hide Caption 145 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTolu Latu of Australia is tackled by Josh Adams and Hadleigh Parkes of Wales.Hide Caption 146 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesGeorge North of Wales and Kurtley Beale of Australia jump for the ball in the Tokyo Stadium.Hide Caption 147 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesUruguay’s Santiago Arata jumps to take a ball during the Rugby World Cup Pool D game at Kumagaya Rugby Stadium between Uruguay and Georgia.Hide Caption 148 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesGeorgia’s centre Giorgi Kveseladze (left) runs with the ball in his side’s 33-7 win over Uruguay.Hide Caption 149 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSoso Matiashvili of Georgia breaks through a tackle against Uruguay.Hide Caption 150 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s Kenki Fukuoka scores the crucial go-ahead try in his side’s epic 19-12 victory over Ireland in the Rugby World Cup Pool A game in Shizuoka.Hide Caption 151 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIrish fans react as they watch their side slide to a shock defeat to host Japan.Hide Caption 152 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland players Gary Ringrose (l) and Jack Carty (r) compete for a high ball during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Ireland.Hide Caption 153 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesYutaka Nagare of Japan is tackled by James Ryan of Ireland during the hard-fought encounterHide Caption 154 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland’s centre and first half try scorer Garry Ringrose is tackled by Japan’s lock Luke Thompson as the action hots up in Shizuoka.Hide Caption 155 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesArgentina’s fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta looks on during his side’s 28-12 win over Tonga at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium in Higashiosaka.Hide Caption 156 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesArgentina’s Santiago Carreras and Tonga’s Viliami Lolohea compete for the ball during the Rugby World Cup Pool C game.Hide Caption 157 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesArgentina’s Pablo Matera runs with the ball during their game against Tonga.Hide Caption 158 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesBenjamin Urdapilleta of Argentina kicks the ball under pressure of Zane Kapeli of Tonga his side’s bonus-point victory. Hide Caption 159 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesMax Katijenko of Namibia competes for a lineout with Franco Mostert of South Africa during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game between South Africa and Namibia at City of Toyota Stadium.Hide Caption 160 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThomasau Forbes of Namibia looks on from the ground during his side’s nine-try defeat to South Africa.Hide Caption 161 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesMakazole Mapimpi of South Africa evades a tackle from Chad Plato of Namibia to go on and score his team’s seventh try.Hide Caption 162 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSouth Africa’s Elton Jantjies runs past Namibia’s Eugene Jantjies during the one-sided match.Hide Caption 163 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe USA were beaten 45-7 by England at the Rugby World Cup in its opening game at Japan 2019. Shaun Davies passes the ball during the Group C match at Kobe Misaki Stadium in Kobe.Hide Caption 164 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEngland ran in seven tries, including two from Joe Cokanasiga.Hide Caption 165 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesElliot Daly of England is tackled by Blaine Scully, who is captain of the USA team.Hide Caption 166 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe USA did get points on the board with Bryce Campbell of USA going over to score late in the game.Hide Caption 167 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEarlier on September 26, Italy beat Canada 48-7 at the Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium in Fukuoka.Hide Caption 168 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesCanada’s wing Jeff Hassler (back) tackles Italy’s full back Matteo Minozzi during Group B game.Hide Caption 169 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesItaly ran in seven tries during the game, though Canada spurned a number of try scoring opportunities.Hide Caption 170 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesCanada’s fly-half Peter Nelson hands over the ball in a ruck.Hide Caption 171 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesTommaso Benvenuti of Italy competes for the ball with Ben Lesage of Canada.Hide Caption 172 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe 2019 Rugby World Cup delivered its first major shock as minnows Uruguay held on for a historic 30-27 victory over Fiji.Hide Caption 173 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFiji was expected to comfortably beat its South American opponents but Uruguay staged one the tournament’s biggest upsets in World Cup history. Hide Caption 174 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesUruguay’s wing Nicolas Freitas is tackled by Fiji’s scrum-half Nikola Matawalu during the Pool D match.Hide Caption 175 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesMesulame Dolokoto grounds the ball to score his side’s first try but Fiji made too many mistakes in the game. Hide Caption 176 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesLocal children cheer with both Fiji and Uruguay flags at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium, a venue built in memory of those lost in the 2011 tsunami. Hide Caption 177 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe loss means Fiji might struggle to progress to the quarterfinals after also losing its opener against Australia. Hide Caption 178 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEd Fidow celebrates with his Samoan team mates after scoring his sides third try during its win over Russia. Hide Caption 179 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesSchool children attended the match at the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium.Hide Caption 180 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesThe match was a feisty affair with Samoa fortunate not to have had two players sent off. Hide Caption 181 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesDwayne Polataivao tackles Yury Kushnarev during the Pool A game between Russia and Samoa.Hide Caption 182 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales was forced to work hard for its win against Georgia but produced a first half masterclass to clinch the win. Hide Caption 183 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesGeorgia’s wing Giorgi Kveseladze, right, tackles Wales’ fly-half Dan Biggar during their Pool D match between at the City of Toyota Stadium on September 23.Hide Caption 184 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales faced Georgia in its opening game of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.Hide Caption 185 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIts passion sometimes proved too much and referee Luke Pearce showed Georgia’s Jaba Bregvadze a yellow card for foul play.Hide Caption 186 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWales celebrate after scoring yet another try against its opposition which proved it was more than capable of competing on a physical level. Hide Caption 187 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesIreland proved to be too strong for its opponents who failed to match the Irish intensity.Hide Caption 188 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJames Ryan of Ireland wins a line out during his side’s 27-3 win over Scotland. Hide Caption 189 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesAn Ireland supporter looks on prior to his side’s opening game.Hide Caption 190 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesItaly cruised to a simple bonus-point victory over Namibia but only after a scare from the part-timers.Hide Caption 191 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEngland’s centre Manu Tuilagi celebrates with fly-half George Ford after scoring a try.Hide Caption 192 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesEngland’s Anthony Watson juggles the ball.Hide Caption 193 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand players perform the Haka prior to their Rugby World Cup 2019 Group B game against South Africa.Hide Caption 194 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesNew Zealand’s wing Sevu Reece catches the ball.Hide Caption 195 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesPeceli Yato of Fiji takes on Reece Hodge of Australia. At one point in the second half, Fiji led 21-12.Hide Caption 196 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesChristian Lealiifano of Australia holds on to the ball during the Rugby World Cup match between Australia and Fiji in Sapporo, Japan, on September 21.Hide Caption 197 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesWaisea Nayacalevu of Fiji, right, beats Christian Lealifano to the ball to score a second-half try. However, two tries from Australia hooker Tolu Latu in five minutes ensured the Wallabies avoided a huge upset.Hide Caption 198 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesArgentina’s lock Guido Petti Pagadizabal (L) tackles France’s scrumhalf Antoine Dupont. France survived a remarkable second-half comeback from Argentina to record a thrilling 23-21 win.Hide Caption 199 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesFrance’s Virimi Vakatawa looks to pass the ball to a teammate. France led 20-3 at half-time.Hide Caption 200 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesJapan’s Matsushima, left, celebrates with Yutaka Nagare, center, after scoring one of his three tries.Hide Caption 201 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesRussia’s Andrei Ostrikov, left, competes for the ball with Japan’s James Moore during their Rugby World Cup match in Tokyo, Japan, on Friday, September 20.Hide Caption 202 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? Photos: Rugby World Cup 2019 in picturesRussia scored first and led 7-0, before Japan gradually grew into the match. Kotaro Matsushima of Japan touches down for a try under pressure from Vasily Artemyev of Russia, but it is disallowed.Hide Caption 203 of 20480 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? 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Africa upset favorite England?“He has coached against so many teams that, come Monday morning, he knows exactly how we are going to beat the team on the weekend,” England fullback Elliot Daly told reporters. “We all buy into that. It’s worked so far in the tournament and hopefully we can do it again come Saturday.”Too close to call

    Jones said that his players had been “taking to the onsens in droves” to recover in time for Saturday’s game, referring to the natural hot springs that are believed to have restorative minerals. Owen Farrell and Jonny May both carried knocks against New Zealand but have been named in England’s starting 15. An injury to replacement scrum-half Willi Heinz, however, means Ben Spencer has been whisked onto a plane and is on the bench for the final.South Africa is bolstered by the return of Cheslin Kolbe, the Sprinboks’ slippery winger and their most dangerous attacking player. READ: South Africa edges past Wales to reach third Rugby World Cup final”I think it’s going to be an incredibly tight match, potentially with very little in it,” former winger Bryan Habana, the Rugby World Cup’s joint-record try-scorer, told CNN Sport.”I’d be happy with South Africa by eight because that means England would have to score twice at the end of the game and calm my nerves a little bit.”80 minutes from glory: Can South Africa upset favorite England? A diving Bryan Habana puts Jonny Wilkinson under pressure at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Wilkinson concurs that it’s almost too close to call: “It’s a World Cup final. This South African team has shown they can beat absolutely anyone,” he said.

      “They’ve just won the Rugby Championship. We’re all talking about what a great game (England had) against New Zealand, these guys won the Rugby Championship against New Zealand.”Whatever the result, this final has the ingredients for a blazing encounter. Expect fireworks in Yokohama on Saturday.