South Africa vs Japan by Sebmc
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South Africa did not prepare this World Cup in the best of ways. Indeed, the Springboks made a calamitous Rugby Championship in which they lost their three games including a 37-25 home defeat against Argentina in the final game. Thereafter, they beat the Pumas in Test-match with the score of 12-26 but were not reassuring. South Africa is the favorite of the Group B. After this game, they have two decisive games against Samoa and Scotland and could ease off in the second period if the score is granted.
South Africa has had many physical glitches in recent months. Many regulars have not played for several months and some will start the game against Japan. This is particularly the case of Jannie du Plessis, Willem Alberts, Lood of Jage, Pat Lambie, Francois Louw and Victor Matfield. The captain Jean de Villiers, 108 selections, was uncertain for this game but start at the center while the prop Coenie Oosthuizen, who has not played since November 2014, will take place on the bench. The purpose of this meeting is clearly to give playing time to players who played little in recent months, although many are regulars. The monstrous back row, Duane Vermeulen, was not selected for this meeting. He is also back from injury ..
Kirchner - Mvovo, Kriel, de Villiers (cap.), Habana - (o) Lambie, (m) Pienaar - Louw, Burger, Alberts - Matfield, de Jager - J. du Plessis, B. du Plessis, Mtawarira
Replacements: Strauss, Nyakane, Oosthuizen, du Toit, Kolisi, du Preez, Pollard, Pietersen
The Japan, thirteenth in the standings IRB announced that they target the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Very ambitious but not unattainable especially in view of the composition of the group (Scotland, Samoa, USA). The Japanese are lead by a great coach Eddie Jones, the former coach of the Tri Nations winner Australia in 2001 and finalist in the 2003 World Cup.
Under orders of the Australian coach, the Japanese have made great progress. Three players managed to sign in Super XV (Michael Leitch (Chiefs), Fumiaki Tanaka (Highlanders) and Hendrik Tui (Queensland Reds)) and a Japanese team should join the competition in two years.
The main problem of the Brave Blossoms is that they lack competitors in the Asian continent. They easily got their qualification for the World Cup by defeating its main rival, Hong Kong, on the score of 49-8. During these qualifications, they had to face Sri Lanka they swept a score of 132-10!
Despite the match against Scotland four days later, Eddie Jones has chosen to line-up a strong team.
Only Kenki Fukuoka and Yoshikazu Fujita are rested. Wing Craig Win is injured while back rowAmanaki Lelei Mafi, who is back from injury, will take place on the bench.
Goromaru – Yamada, Sau, Tatekawa, Matsushima – (o) K. Ono, (m) Tanaka – Broadhurst, Tui, Leitch (cap) – H. Ono, Thompson – Hatakeyama, Horie, Mikami.
Remplaçant : Kizu, Inagaki, Yamas**ta, Makabe, Mafi, Hiwasa, Tamura, Hesketh.
This handicap is quite high. I think that South Africa will win by 30 points.
|Japan +42.5||William Hill||2.00||6||32-34 WON (+6 units)|
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