Eddie Jones and Rassie Erasmus have prevailed.
At RWC 2019 we are witnessing a “Masterclass” of coaching. An old expression is applicable here: a good team will beat a team of good players.
It’s a masterclass in performance strategy and Jones, Erasmus, Hansen and Gatland are 1 to 4.
England show a clear intent to lead and set the pace. They’ve been able to execute this against the best. I’m sure they’ll continue with this strategy and they’ve shown all the performance elements teams need to have success.
Erasmus empowered his team by reverting to the power game inherent to the Bok. They exploit their strengths from a solid foundation.
The result is in the lap of the gods, and with aerial bombardment from the high kick likely to create 50/50 opportunities, literally anything can happen.
Two geometrically opposed strategies which I’m quite sure will not change for the grand final. May the best coach win!