Despite it being the battle for the tournament’s third-placed team, the Rugby World Cup’s Bronze Final looks set to be a David v Goliath bout – in terms of reputation at least.
Two-time winners South Africa will take on relative minnows Argentina, who defied expectations to reach only their second ever RWC semi-final.
The Olympic Stadium is set to host the two nations at 8pm on Friday October 30 , with a carnival atmosphere expected for the ground’s autumn showpiece. Here’s everything you need to know.
How’s their form?
Despite South Africa’s undoubted status as favourites for the fixture, it’s worth looking at the form sheet. The country is not the rugby force it once was, a fact underlined by their shock 34-32 defeat to Japan in the pool stages – arguably the biggest story to come out of the tournament.
They eventually pulled their socks up with easy wins against Samoa, Scotland and USA, before scraping past Wales 23-19 in the quarter finals. They were unlucky to be ground out of the tournament in a dour match against New Zealand, and will be keen to make amends.
Argentina on the other hand, look to be on the up. Although they’ve never been seen as mugs, the Pumas’ 43-20 demolition of a talented Ireland side in the quarters made the world sit up and take notice. They were eventually dumped out by Australia in the semis in a match where, on another day, they would probably have gained a victory.
Who to watch?
Argentina were the top scorers in the pool stages, with Nicolas Sanchez emerging with the tournament’s biggest haul so far with 89 points. The 27-year-old fly-half kicks all his team’s goals too so, due to their leaky defence, Argentina will need their talisman to rack up points in order to have a chance at victory.
The legs may be creaking a little these days, but winger Bryan Habana is still a key player in the South Africa rugby side. The winger was named the 2007 IRB Player of the Year after helping his side to the World Cup title, and has moved into the joint second place of all time test try scorers, with 64.
Here are his eight tries which led his side to the 2007 World Cup. Blink and you'll miss him.
Who might win?
If you fancy a flutter, Betfair has South Africa as 4/11 to take the spoils, with Argentina at a tempting 23/10.
How do I get tickets?
Stubhub has tickets for the match ranging from £77 to around £300.
Is it on TV?
If you can’t make the match, it will be aired on ITV with coverage starting at 7.30pm.
How to I get there?
Luckily, the Olympic Stadium ’s pretty easy to get to. If you’re coming from central London, you can hop on a Central Line tube eastbound at Holborn and be at Stratford international within 20 minutes. Alternatively, if you’re going straight from work in Canary Wharf you can hop on a Jubilee Line tube which takes you to the same destination. If you’re lost, just remember to get on the TfL website .
The Newham Rugby World Cup FanZone, which has entertained ticketholders over the past few weeks has been cancelled .