England Will Stand Up Against Springboks’ Physicality – Mitchell

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John Mitchell, England's defence coach believes his England team have what it takes to stand up to the physical threat of South Africa. Mitchell added that England was excited by the week ahead and stressed no-one inside the camp was getting carried away following the impressive win over New Zealand in the semi-final.

“What we are going to witness are the two most powerful rugby teams in the world,” he said. “They are strong, well-coached, the gain line is going to be huge. It’s a testament to both sides.

"They play in a particular way, but you must always be prepared for anything that comes to us. They have a very clever nine, who is sharp. 'Polly' (Handre Pollard) is in really, really good form. They have four second-rowers who love winning the gain line. They have their armoury. It’s exciting.

"Last week, we dealt with a lot of speed, a lot of footwork. This week they are certainly going to be a more direct team.

“Pressure is going to come that asks questions of your fundamentals, so that comes down to our core basics that are important to us – supporting your mate on the floor and in the carry is critical with the pressure likely to come in the air and on the floor.”

“In reality, all we have done is to present ourselves with another opportunity at the right end of the tournament. We want to get better, and we feel we can get better as well.

"Like every opposition in this competition, South Africa come with different threats and present different opportunities.

“We’ll just say focused on what we have to do, how we go about it, take it day by day. Everyone is calm and eager to get on to their work - we have just got to go and earn it now.”