"Didn't create anything" - Mike Tindall lays Into Springboks ahead of World Cup semi-final - Ruck

“Didn’t create anything” – Mike Tindall lays Into Springboks ahead of World Cup semi-final

Former England centre Mike Tindall has stirred controversy this weekend with his assertion that France outperformed the Springboks in the quarter-final showdown.

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Tindall expressed his views on The Good, The Bad and The Rugby Podcast, where he criticised the reigning world champions in anticipation of their semi-final match against England in Paris.

Tindall said: “I was more emotional about that game than the English game. I just so wanted France to get where they deserve to be

“They deserved to win that game. They were the better team by an absolute country mile. South Africa missed 43 tackles, they had to make 153, they lost on every stat across the board, but they had three snapshots from box-kicks not dealt with properly.

“They didn’t create anything, yet that is what South Africa do in World Cups. If you go back to 2019, I said: ‘It would be a disgrace if South Africa won the World Cup,’ and they won it.

“If you go through everything, France had more metres, defenders beaten. France beat 43 compared to 12 and clean breaks.

“They should have won that game. That first 20 minutes was breathless, and it could have been 14-0, but suddenly it’s 7-7.

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England team to play South Africa:

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 29 caps) 
14. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 77 caps) 
13. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 24 caps) 
12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 57 caps) 
11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 63 caps) 
10. Owen Farrell – captain (Saracens, 110 caps) 
9. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 10 caps) 
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 87 caps) 
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 83 caps) 
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 105 caps) 
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 74 caps) 
5. George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps) 
6. Courtney Lawes – vice-captain (Northampton Saints, 104 caps) 
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 48 caps) 
8. Ben Earl (Saracens, 23 caps)

Replacements: 16. Theo Dan (Saracens, 6 caps) 17. Ellis Genge – vice-captain (Bristol Bears, 56 caps) 18. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 67 caps) 19. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps) 20. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 74 caps) 21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 94 caps)   22. George Ford – vice-captain (Sale Sharks, 89 caps) 23. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 19 caps)

South Africa team

Damian Willemse; Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe; Manie Libbok, Cobus Reinach; Steven Kitshoff, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe; Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert; Siya Kolisi (captain), Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Willie Le Roux

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#5. Chris Robshaw (England)

The flanker is a former English rugby union player who captained the national team from 2012 to 2015.

Known for his exceptional work rate and leadership skills, Robshaw was a dynamic flanker who made a significant impact on the field. He enjoyed a successful club career with Harlequins, where he played for over a decade. Robshaw’s dedication and commitment to the sport earned him numerous accolades and the respect of his peers.

Off the field, he is admired for his philanthropic efforts, using his platform to support various charitable causes.

Owens said: “Some people will be surprised at this one to start off. His misfortune was perhaps to be leading England during a difficult time, but he always gave everything for the cause, encouraging others to follow suit, and he was a nice guy off the pitch.”