14-07-2023 Daily Rugby Predictions Junior Rugby World Cup 2023 South Africa Vs England

South Africa vs England

Hosts South Africa play host to England in the bronze medal match in the Junior Rugby World Cup. Both teams will be disappointed about their semi final losses especially the English as they led the French by ten points going at half time before they were blown away in the second half.

The Junior Boks were also in with a big chance in their match against Ireland but a poor performance in the second half saw the Green Machine run away to a 31-12 win. Both teams will be expecting more from their respective benches as this was their Achilles heel in the semi final.  

TIP: Both teams have made changes for this match and it remains to be seen which side has the better depth. The South Africans have struggled in the set pieces which is a surprise as this is an area, they usually pride themselves in. The English will look to attack the home side in the scrums as they have great strength in this part of the game. The bookies have England as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.47, Gbets 1.48 and Hollywoodbets 1.47


South Africa vs England

  • South Africa won the last match between the sides 30-22 in 2022.
  • The previous five matches were won by England.

Latest results for both teams

South Africa lost 31-12 to Ireland in the last match while England were beaten 52-31 by France in their last match.


The South Africans have looked their best when they have run the ball but strangely they keep reverting to the kicking game which ahs brough them limited success. They will need to be accurate with their kicking as the English have some dynamic and dangerous counter attackers in Cassius Cleaves and Sam Harris. England have been excellent as usual with their driving maul, so the home side should be weary about giving away penalties in their own half. The visitors will be keen to show their backline moves as dry weather is predicted for the match. I am predicting an England win by more than 10 points.

Probable Starting XVs

South Africa

15 Hakeem Kunene, 14 Jurenzo Julius, 13 Katlego Letebele, 12 Ethan Hooker, 11 Michael Annies, 10 Jean Smith, 9 Imad Khan, 8 Corne Beets, 7 Ghudian van Reenen, 6 Paul de Villiers (captain), 5 Jacob van Heerden, 4 Coetzee le Roux, 3 Dian Heunis, 2 Juan Else, 1 Cornè Lavagna.


15 Sam Harris, 14 Tobias Elliott, 13 Joe Jenkins, 12 Joseph Woodward, 11 Cassius Cleaves, 10 Louie Johnson, 9 Charlie Bracken, 8 Chandler Cunningham-South, 7 Greg Fisilau, 6 Nathan Michelow, 5 Lewis Chessum (captain), 4 Harry Browne, 3 Afolabi Fasogbon, 2 Nathan Jibulu, 1 Archie McArthur.

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the England victory are as follows:

Betway 1.47

Gbets 1.48

Hollywoodbets 1.47

Odds comparison on the England handicap:

The complete odds on the England handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-5.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-5.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-5.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are decent returns on the England outright win but if you looking for better odds then we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-5.5), Gbets 1.87 (-5.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-5.5)

Other tips for the weekend (Predicted winners are in BOLD text)

South Africa vs England

Wales vs Australia

Italy vs Japan

Fiji vs Argentina

Springboks vs All Blacks

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