By Greg Stewart
Will Twickenham hold honour or horror for the Bokke this weekend?
As SA rugby prepares the Springbok squad for a no-holds- barred clash against Eddie Jones’ England rugby squad, there are indicators that this will be a colossal clash with both teams making statements that this is a “win at all costs” affair.
The Springbok team come into this match in good form with three consecutive wins in a row, including a 31-29 win against the All Blacks. Springbok Captain, Sia Kolisi, possibly in the best form of his career, together with Eben Etzebeth will be a big influence in keeping a strong England line-up on the back foot.
England likewise, have won their last 4 matches including a 32-15 drubbing of Australia last weekend with Owen Farrell scoring 17 of those points with his boot. Farrell has been withdrawn due to injury and this could have a big influence in the outcome against the Springboks. England rugby, still smarting from their 32-12 defeat to the Springboks in the 2019 World-Cup final, view this match as their opportunity to right the scales with a win on home ground.
These two great rugby teams have clashed 43 times since their first match in 1906 with 26 wins for the Bokke, 15 wins for England and 2 matches drawn. With both teams so evenly matched could a draw perhaps be on the cards? At 22:1 odds for a draw on Sunbet sports betting, that may just be the play of the day for rugby betting punters.
The Rugby Union history books show an interesting history between the two teams at this famous venue. The Springboks have beaten England 4 from 6 in the last six clashes at Twickenham and England winning the last two encounters in 2016 by 37 to 21 points and by 12 points to 11 in 2018.
The rugby betting markets indicate that this match is evenly set with mostly even rugby odds being offered. You can get England for a win at 1.93:1 and the Bokke at 1.82:1 on Sunbet sports betting.
If you want a rugby punting call for the match – go with the Springboks to win by 3 or more points.