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19 Oct 2019
6:30 am

A convincing Bok victory against Japan is a must

On paper, the Springboks are expected to win this one, but they will underestimate the hosts at their peril.

Springboks during the South African national men's rugby team photograph and captains press conference at Southern Sun Pretoria on August 16, 2019 in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images)

When the draw for the 2019 Rugby World Cup was made, very few would have thought the Springboks and Japan would be contesting tomorrow’s fourth and final quarterfinal. Yet, here we are. The Boks, who have gathered momentum after tripping up against the All Blacks in their opener, face Japan, the unpredictable hosts that topped their pool with an unbeaten run of four matches that saw them surprise Ireland, Scotland and Samoa. The Springboks, in their seventh World Cup, have always reached the quarterfinals – going on to win the Webb Ellis Cup twice, in 1995 and 2007. On the...