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Rupert Wyman 21st Nov 2008 - 13:09

Cipriani to lead the chariot home

England fly half Danny Cipriani is poised to help England beat South Africa in a repeat of last year’s World Cup final.

If Cipriani and England are successful then the Twickenham faithful will no doubt be singing their anthem “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” until the final whistle and beyond.

Cipriani has the potential to be England’s main man for many years and it is time that he stepped up and truly dominated a Test match.

Last week England lost 14-28 to Australia at Twickenham in what was both a disappointing performance and result for Martin Johnson’s side.

On Saturday England will be desperate to avenge the defeat they suffered in last year’s World Cup.

Since winning the World Cup, South Africa have not been at their best. The Springboks finished last in the Tri-Nations and have barely scraped victories in their Autumn Tests.

South Africa played Wales first and narrowly won 20-15 before beating Scotland 14-10 last weekend.

If England play to their potential they should beat the weary Springboks.

The handicap betting is off scratch with South Africa 4/5 favourites with England at evens and the draw a 18/1 shot.

An English victory with South Africa having a five point start looks tempting at odds of 11/8.

Harlequins winger Ugo Monye is the joint top try scorer in the Guinness Premiership (before this weekend’s matches) and can be backed at 5/2 to score his first in England colours, against the Boks.

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