Alun Wyn Jones England vs South Africa, Rugby World Cup 2019: Rassie Erasmus accepts criticism and admits Springboks need to improve for final

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South Africa head coach Rassie Erasmus has accepted criticism of his Springboks’ unattractive, attritional style of play while admitting that the side needs to improve ahead of this weekend’s Rugby World Cup final with England.

The Springboks ground out a narrow 19-16 win over Wales in their semi-final encounter, which offered little in the way of absorbing and attacking rugby.

That made for a stark contrast to the spectacle that fans were treated to in Yokohama last Saturday, with Eddie Jones’ side delivering what has been described as one of the all-time great English performance to down the All Blacks.

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In light of such displays, England now head into the final as favourites to lift the Webb Ellis Cup – and Erasmus admits his team will need to improve if they’re to come away as victors instead. 

Addressing criticism of the uninspiring showdown with Wales, Erasmus said: “If one understands where we have come from – we have been number six, seven and eight in the world – we have got certain challenges and one of them was to redeem ourselves and become a power again in world rugby and try and get to number one and two.

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“By doing that you have to have some building blocks in place and we have followed a certain route and play according to the stats and the way the game is being refereed currently and what gives you short term good results on the scoreboard. 

“We certainly accept that there are some things in our game that we have to improve and we take it on the chin and we will keep on improving that. But we have put ourselves in a position to maybe win the World Cup and we are in the final.

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