The 2022 Autumn Internationals come to an end this Saturday, and the eye catching match for the final weekend is England vs South Africa, and that’s the fixture we’re focussing on for our free rugby betting picks.
Both nations have had what we could call mixed results in their matches so far in this round of international fixtures.
Hosts England have managed to lose at home to Argentina, comfortably beat Japan, and also draw an enthralling match with the All Blacks. As for South Africa, the visitors have lost close games against both Ireland and France, and thrashed Italy.
Going into the last match, it’s hard to know what to expect. But we’re going to give it a go.
England vs South Africa; All you need to know
This is the fourth fixture in four weeks for both of these sides, and the final one of the 2022 Autumn Internationals.
Neither side can be happy with their respective results, and with a world cup just over a year away, both sides clearly know they have a lot of work left to do if they are to be serious contenders in France next year.
The venue for the fixture on Saturday is Twickenham. The two sides met here 12 months ago, and on that day England won 27-26, in what was a closely contested game.
- What; Rugby Union – Autumn Internationals
- Who; England vs South Africa
- Where; Twickenham Stadium, London, England
- When; Saturday, November 26th, 2022
- Time; 12.30 pm ET
The match kicks off at 12.30 pm in the eastern time zone on Saturday afternoon. It does clash with the 2022 FIFA World Cup. But it’s still well worth a watch as the two sides competing are very evenly matched.
England vs South Africa; Who is the betting favorites?
Eddie Jones’ team lead the way on the betting lines. The top rugby betting sites make England -185 to win on the moneyline, with South Africa at +155.
In the handicap market, England is giving away 4.5 points. Starting from –4.5, England is -115. Starting from +4.5, South Africa is -115.
|England vs South Africa Rugby Union Betting|
|South Africa +4.5||-115||-110||-110|
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England have a lot of questions to answer
There’s no way in the world that England coach Eddie Jones can be overly happy with his team’s performances over the past three weeks. The 29-30 home defeat to Argentina is a major setback, no matter what spin was put on that performance. England would have expected to trounce Japan, as they did by 52 points to 13, and the match against New Zealand was a complete anomaly.
🌹 Some finish, that.
— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) November 19, 2022
Last Saturday, going into the last 10 minutes England were 25-6 down to the All Blacks, requiring a miracle to take anything out of the game. Respectability in the scoreline was probably the best any England fan could have hoped for, as the hosts had barely laid a glove on the All Blacks.
When Beaudon Barrett was sent to the sin-bin with nine minutes left, he must have left the field thinking that the win was assured. So to see his side concede three tries (two of which were converted) in that time must have been sickening for the 2015 World Cup winner.
But rather than getting carried away with the result, surely England needs to reflect more on the first 70 minutes, because they were awful. Play like that against South Africa, and they might not be so lucky.
South Africa; The team fast becoming easy to hate
As for South Africa, they’ve pushed both Ireland and France close in this series of fixtures, and they are currently the two top ranked sides in world rugby. They were expected to beat Italy, and did so comfortably by 63 points to 21. Which is actually a very impressive scoreline.
Could it be said, it hasn’t actually been that bad a series of matches for the team coached by Rassie Erasmus?
Speaking of Eramus, and his antics (the latest is a series of sarcastic tweets having a go at match officials) are really starting to turn the rugby world against his team.
Both the 🇫🇷 and 🇿🇦 9’s under immense pressure !! We just have to get that on side right!!Sorry 🇿🇦💔 pic.twitter.com/srzoaBjm89
— Rassie Erasmus (@RassieRugby) November 13, 2022
Is his behavior a tactic though? It’s hard to believe that he really thinks the whole rugby world is against him and his side. The only logical conclusion can be that this is simply tactical mind games. As the constant outbursts – mainly against officials – are starting to look ridiculous.
England vs South Africa Betting Picks
The last 10 minutes against New Zealand last weekend does show England have match winners, and have got something about them. The South Africans will have noted that. They will be well aware that this England side is a team that needs finishing off properly. Something, which in fairness to the Springboks, they are pretty expert in doing.
With the current form of both teams, who knows what to expect on Saturday. There’s no way I can be picking England to win on the moneyline at -185. They may well win by 10 points. But they could just as easily lose by 10 points.
The way I see this match is that they are two pretty difficult teams to predict. England had a close game with Argentina, and New Zealand. South Africa had close games with both Ireland and France.
Logic says to me that this could well be a close game, one that could go either way. So with that in mind, South Africa on the handicap line with a +4.5 points start has to be the betting pick.