Yokohama – Rugby World Cup the end between English and south Africa will not be won by an expansive gameplan and "beautiful experiment", coach Springbok Rassie Erasmus said after his team fought for the 19-16 semi-final win over Wales on Sunday.
The big four clash against the Six Nations champions in Yokohama was a bad event, featuring 31 sets of balls and an incredible 81 kicks during the match.
But the slower pace matched Erasmus's large package and well-controlled midfield defense, Handre Pollard who led with praise earned 14 points from his trustworthy right shoe.
Wales coach Warren Gatland said he believed South Africa could beat England in the final, although he added that they might have to be more expansive.
"That's good because he thinks we can do it, that's great!" Erasmus reacted.
"He is right, there must be some areas in our game that need to be improved.
"We have played England four times in the last 18 months, this is 2-2 … we are used to the way they play."
Erasmus added: "They are clearly far better than the last time we played them, you can see that the way they dismantled New Zealand" in the dominant 19-7 semifinal victory on Saturday.
"We are on the chance," he continued. "I don't think the final will be won by a very broad gameplan with extraordinary effort.
"Maybe, I might be wrong, but I think we'll go and grind it."
After four successive defeats to Wales since their last win over them in the quarter-finals of the 2015 tournament, Erasmus said his team also knew what to expect from Welsh in Yokohama.
The former Munster coach said they understood "they know how to close the Test, we learned a few lessons".
"When we analyzed them, the way they won the Six Nations, they were a team that choked the opposition and today we expect that and that is what we received throughout the match.
"We have to match that, maybe it's not the best show to watch, but boys stick to their weapons and adapt to it."
Erasmus, who has changed South African rugby since taking over last year, said the increase in the level of professionalism adopted by top players and coaches was behind the country's improvement.
"We always have the potential in South Africa to become a force in the world of rugby," he said. "Even in 2015 when we lost to Japan, we still played in the semifinals against New Zealand and lost two points.
"We are always there or there."
Erasmus praised players by "taking ownership of what it means to be a professional rugby player" to maximize their potential.
"It is slowly spreading through the provinces and franchises. All levels of mediocrity are slowly coming out of our rugby.
"We don't have money owned by England, but we certainly have a group of players," he said.
"Let's see how the final goes to see if we have turned as much as we want."
Springbok's captain, Siya Kolisi, praised Erasmus for changing his mindset to become an international person.
"He knows us and he is here to draw us together and we will buy the plan," said Collisi, who was appointed by Erasmus as South Africa's first black captain.
"As soon as he comes, he explains that Springbok is the most important thing. In the past most of us tried to build ourselves on social media and he brought us back to earth and told us that we have to play well first and everything will come. "