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World Cup Preview – Execution key for Springboks

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It is quarter finals time and the Springboks will come up against the host Japan on Sunday.

The Springboks went through their pool matches only loosing to the All Blacks in round 1 and ran away with the other matches against Canada, Italy and Namibia.

The shock defeat against the same Japan 2015 still sit close to many supporters hearts and something they do not want to see the sequel off.

Japan that day surprised the Springboks with their fast attacking ability and scoring tries against what was at the time a very good defensive side.

Everyone expect the Springboks to heavily depend on their pack and ability to take the game at the Japanese players.

In most talk this week the talks were all about brutal force of the Springboks against the share speed and brilliant handling for the Japanese players.

Rassie and his men will want to take the game to Japan and keep ball away from their wings who have shown they can score tries against the best.

Japan has been playing a fast tempo game creating space from quick phase possession which then leave teams to scramble in defence and get that mismatch between their fast backline players and the oppositions slower forwards.

Where the Springboks will be playing towards set pieces to attack form and put Japan under pressure, Japan will want to have quick ball.

Japan has been brilliant in forcing defenders to the inside channel to get more space for their wings to play off and take the outside space that they create so easily.

Make no mistake, the Springboks will be play their territorial game and that will be good enough for the win if they execute this 100% for 80+ minutes.

Willy-Nilly kicking will play in Japanese hands. Japan has been the one team in this World Cup so far that have shown that they can keep the ball through the phases until the defence crack.

De Klerk and Pollard have shown their best in this World Cup and Rassie and supporters hope they left it for the playoffs. They key for success for the Springboks lies with these two decision making and execution.

Another important aspect for the Springboks this weekend will be the defence of our midfield. Japan will try and disrupt the Springboks rush defence which mostly lies with De Allende and Am.

Last but certainly not the least the Springboks will also have to content with a passionate crowd on Sunday, who will be right behind their team playing for the first time in the playoffs. Getting the crowd out of the game early will help a lot.

What every you do, do not miss this one, it is certainly going to be a cracker and do not count out Japan to cause another upset.

Prediction: We go with heart and head with the Springboks by +15 but failing to execute and taking their opportunities, the Springboks maybe knocked out of the World Cup on Sunday.


Japan: 15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Timothy Lafaele, 12 Ryoto Nakamura, 11 Kenki Fukuoka, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Yutaka Nagare, 8 Kazuki Himeno, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Michael Leitch (c), 5 James Moore, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Keita Inagaki
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Isileli Nakajima, 18 Asaeli Ai Valu, 19 Wimpie van der Walt, 20 Amanaki Lelei Mafi, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Lomano Lava Lemeki

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Franco Mostert, 21 Francois Louw, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Frans Steyn