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How England will try and beat ABs

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08.11.2018

OPINION: England will be buoyed by the fact that they are coming off consecutive victories against South Africa ahead of the first meeting against New Zealand since 2014 at Twickenham on Saturday.

South Africa possess a very strong side when it comes to individual players at the moment and the expectation is that they have to start winning on a consistent basis like the All Blacks. The loss to England was painful for South Africa to stomach because they are better than the English and should have won the game but didn't. The upshot is that is sets up a mouth-watering test match in London.

The much-anticipated showdown between first and fourth on the World Rugby rankings pits two teams with opposite game philosophies. The battle between the first five-eighths, Beauden Barrett and Owen Farrell, is a microcosm of the match.

They are completely different players. Farrell's value to the team is in his competitiveness, winning attitude and game management skills, whereas Barrett's worth lies in his individual brilliance and natural physical ability. The All Black pivot is super-quick with a brilliant skill-set, while Farrell is a No.10 who plays for territory and manages his team.

In terms of the bigger picture, it's a fascinating duel because England beat........

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