Both these sides lost on the opening weekend of the Autumn Internationals, and now meet on Saturday at Twickenham


South Africa to win at 11/10 William Hill

South Africa’s defeat in Dublin last weekend has seen bookmakers make England favourites for Saturday’s International.

In key respects South Africa were off the pace against Ireland, going into the game without a warm up and with key players kept out of the domestic Currie Cup over the last six weeks. Their performance was a shadow of the side who  ended the 22-match unbeaten run of the All Blacks at the end of the Southern Hemisphere summer.

In terms of specifics they ignored kickable penalties to attempt to exert pressure on their opponents in the early stages of the Ireland match and when that failed, they found themseleves on the back foot losing 29-15

I would expect them to be galvanised by that defeat. Although England were competitive for long phases of their game against the All Blacks the final result, a 24-21 loss flattered them. The New Zealand kickers missed several shots at goal, which was a ten point turn, and then England scored a very late penalty try having had very little possession for most of the second half

New Zealand’s strength off the bench told compared to England’s injury hit squad and the same is likely this weekend, with another injury change being forced by the news that winger Semesa Rokoduguni has broken down with a thigh injury, replaced by Anthony Watson

South Africa as underdogs here is an opportunity too good to miss, available at 11/10 in various places including William Hill