IF being in a World Cup final isn’t enough to give you the motivation to succeed then Eddie Jones could do worse than using Warren Gatland’s words to inspire his side.

Gatland was totally out of order in dissing England’s chances just minutes after his Wales team under-performed in their semi-final against South Africa - the team who stand between England and glory.

Gatland should have been explaining why the gameplan that so nearly saw his team fail against France was re-deployed against the Springboks a week later, instead of saying that England may have already played their final when beating World champions New Zealand.

Jones got his own back cheekily telling Gatland to enjoy today’s third place play-off.

England won that one and they’ll be too good for South Africa in what will be a fierce battle.

Wales will finish fourth with the All Blacks giving Steve Hansen a better send off than Gatland will get.

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NICK HARRISON

NOW England have seen off the all-conquering All Blacks, their name is on the trophy, right?

Well not exactly. The fearless, brutal Springboks are lying in wait, ready to pounce if England ease off the gas even slightly – because that is all that it will take for potential glory to turn into heartbreak.

All the noises coming out of the England camp are the right ones and you get the impression that this group of players haven’t come this far to simply let the chance to be heroes slip through their grasp.

South Africa have the ability to strangle the life out of a game, however, and it’s up to Eddie’s boys to hold their nerve – and make Warren Gatland’s jibes come back to haunt him in the best possible manner.

The Springboks are in with a shout of glory because of their gritty victory over Wales, who have to find it within themselves to give their all one final time for Gatland and his coaching staff.

There were some pretty battered bodies out there on Sunday morning and the extra day’s rest will certainly help the All Blacks, who will give Steve Hansen a third placed finish as he signs off after a memorable time in charge.

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TOM NORRIS

A THIRD place play-off is not the swansong Warren Gatland would have wanted for his superb 12-year reign in Welsh rugby.

Returning home from Japan with a bronze medal would certainly be no disgrace, but whether his much-changed side have enough to see off a wounded All Blacks side is doubtful.

Already shorn of the likes of Anscombe and Faletau prior to departing for the far east, further injuries to the key quartet of Liam Williams, North, Navidi and Jonathan Davies have further hamstrung the Dragons.

Back Steve Hansen’s Kiwis to bounce back in a comfortable victory.

England’s demolition job of New Zealand swept any lingering doubts about Eddie Jones’ credentials as a coach. It was a masterful display which confounded all expectations of a routine All Blacks victory.

Wales coach Gatland’s suggestion that England may be a spent force after their semi-final exertions seemed misguided at best.

I fully expect England to be ready for the physical onslaught of an immensely powerful South African pack and conjure a game plan to negate those attritional qualities.

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DAN HEALD

WARREN GATLAND suggests England might have already played their cup final but I’m not so sure.

Eddie Jones’ side booked their place in the showpiece with a hugely impressive win over tournament favourites New Zealand.

The players deserved all the praise heaped on them following the win, denying the All Blacks a third World Cup success in a row.

Now they have to go again in tomorrow’s showdown against South Africa and I believe last weekend’s win will only spur England on to lift the trophy for a second time.

Jones will make sure it is not a case of ‘after the lord major’s show’ and although South Africa are in the final on merit themselves, I feel England will have too much.

Gatland is preparing for his final game in charge of Wales and he will be determined to go out on a high.

Given the success he has enjoyed with Wales, it will be fitting to win the third place game, but I don’t see anything other than a win for the smarting All Blacks.

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RICHARD WILLIAMS