Autumn Internationals: England vs South Africa Betting Tips

Jake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016

England vs South Africa | Saturday 15 November, 2014 | Twickenham | 14.30

England take on South Africa in a showdown that both teams will be desperate to win this Saturday.

Both sides approach this weekend on the back of disappointing losses in their last outings and the excitement at Twickenham on Saturday will be electric as each team will be determined to walk away victorious.

England were leading New Zealand at half-time in the first of their big autumn international clashes but couldn’t keep up with the pace and power of the All Blacks. As their opponents continued to push, England started to flag and the final 21-24 result was a fair reflection on New Zealand’s dominance.

Stuart Lancaster has decided to stick with the majority of his line-up for the second of their four matches although Semesa Rokoduguni is ruled out due to a hip injury after his international debut last weekend. Anthony Watson will step in as his replacement, himself a rookie, and Rokoduguni’s teammate for Bath.

Danny Care and Owen Farrell will be given a second chance at half-back despite facing criticism from Lancaster after a lacklustre performance last weekend.

The Springboks faced a shock, yet resounding, defeat to Ireland at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday as South Africa played well below their usual high standard. The team that ended the All Blacks near two year undefeated streak were unable to stop Ireland from scoring two tries and two of their own could not prevent the convincing defeat.

South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has made several changes to his side ahead of the clash with England at Twickenham. Pietersen will replace Cornal Hendricks on the wing while Francois Hougaard and Handre Pollard will be benched in favour of Cobus Reinach and Patrick Lambie.

Flanker Schalk Burger will return to the starting line up ahead of Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje to take his 74th cap.

England vs South Africa Betting Tips

It’ll certainly be a closely fought match. England are favourites to win at home at 3/4 while South Africa aren’t far off at 23/20 (odds from Betway).