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Springboks Under Pressure

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus will be under pressure to alter his game plan and selection strategy following New Zealand and Ireland’s big World Cup wins.

The titanic battle between the All Blacks and Springboks in Yokohama provided some interesting answers.

The All Blacks are not as vulnerable as some thought and remain the favourites to win the World Cup. While the Boks have guts to spare, their game plan requires tweaking and the first-choice players need more time to settle and gel as a combination.

I’m sure that Erasmus would have woken up in Nagoya this morning with a thumping headache. The Bok coach went out of this way to give the All Blacks credit after the match on Saturday, yet his demeanour belied his disappointment in the South African team.