There are some crucial matches coming up over the weekend which will determine who will reach the quarter final stage of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
On Friday the Springboks will play in their third pool match when they face Italy.
This match is crucial for both sides to see who will join the All Blacks from Pool B in the quarter finals.
Much has been made of the so called do-or-die match for the Springboks which is something I do not understand.
Italy has last won a Six Nations match against Scotland in 2015. They have manage wins against tier 1 nations but that has been far and few.
Against the Springboks in 2016 they manage a win in Italy when Coetzee was in charge of the side who could not buy win even if they had the money.
Beside that test against the Springboks manage wins against Georgia in 2018, Japan 2018 and Russia in 2019.
If South African sees them as a treat then they should not even talk about World Cup contenders.
I know there will be the few that will scream Japan in 2015 World Cup and and losses against Argentina and Italy but this team has come a long way under Rassie Erasmus.
Rassie Springboks should put this Italian team away and put them away good if they really want to make a statement in this World Cup.
If they cannot beat this Italian team with ease then we should put away any hopes of progressing in this world cup against teams like Ireland, Wales, England and New Zealand.
Springboks should be able to take this game by 25 +
The other big match this weekend sees England take on Argentina in what is made out as a final for Argentina.
There has been a lot of talk off the field between the players of boring rugby being played but at the end this is going to make or break both sides World Cup.
Argentina have won one and lost one with England winning both their first two pool matches with bonus points.
England has been one of the favourites and will still be going into this match and they should make it three out of three against the Pumas.
The things about Argentina rugby is that they play a type of game better suited for Super Rugby than test rugby. Mistakes cost a team big time in World Cups and you can not afford to start chasing games.
England would have targeted the Pumas scrum as they have struggled this year but on the day if they find their stride they do seemed to get things right more often than not.
Playing of broken play and turnovers is the one aspect of the game Argentina has improved over the years and England can not afford making mistakes against this side.
The structured game England play should be too much to handle for Argentina but we know what happens when that South American passion comes into play.
England should take this game by 15 + at least.
The last big one this weekend will see the host Japan take on Samoa in a crucial Pool A match.
Japan did it again as in 2015 to upset a tier 1 nation when they beat Ireland last week. This threw Pool A wide open and they will now need to follow that first two wins over Russia and Ireland up with a great performance against Samoa.
Samoa has been disappointing this World Cup and will need to make a 180 turnaround in this match if they want to upset the host who will go into the game as favourites.
A win for Samoa would put them in a race with Scotland, Ireland and Japan.
Although we did not thought it at the start of the tournament, this Pool A has become another pool of death with so much permutations still in play.
Japan has a great structure in the way they play although they said that their open play will get them wins. They were surprisingly solid in the set pieces against Ireland and their defence has been up with the best teams in this tournament.
Samoa will put huge pressure on their big men to stop Japan attacks and create opportunities for their speedsters to get the points.
It is going to be a massive battle upfront to get control of the ball but as we saw against Ireland mistakes is something Samoa will not be able to make against a Japanese side that can score from anywhere in the field.
I expect Japan to take this one by 10 + points.
All the matches is live on SuperSport
The other matches this weekend:
Saturday 07:15 – Australia v Uruguay
Sunday 06:45 – New Zealand v Namibia
Sunday 09:45 – France v Tonga