South Africa complete the World Cup pool stage against Canada and Simon Mail expects the Springboks to claim a one-sided win...
"There is great depth to this South Africa squad and the Springboks have the chance to underline their status as one of the main challengers to New Zealand with a convincing win."
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Springboks building momentum for knockout stage
South Africa have responded strongly after the defeat in their World Cup opener against New Zealand. Rassie Erasmus' side look poised to finish second in the pool after easing past Namibia 57-3 and defeating 14 man Italy 49-3 on Friday. The Springboks took full advantage of Andrea Lovotti's red card with outstanding wing Cheslin Kolbe scoring twice.
Erasmus has made 13 changes to his team with the majority of their first-choice players left out ahead of the quarter-finals. Springboks captain Siya Kolisi and centre Damian de Allende are the only players retained from the Italy victory. Full-back Damian Willemse comes into the side, less than a week after being called up as a replacement for Jesse Kriel.
There is great depth to this South Africa squad and the Springboks have the chance to underline their status as one of the main challengers to New Zealand with a convincing win. Their physical strength was on show against Italy and South Africa will be expecting to produce another dominant display against Canada, even though top spot in the group looks out of reach.
Canada playing for pride in Kobe
Canada have struggled in this World Cup and got off to a poor start after their 48-7 defeat against Italy. In their second match, New Zealand overwhelmed Canada 63-0 and the defending champions should have won by more as they squandered chances to score late on. Kingsley Jones' side face another gruelling physical examination against the powerful Springboks.
There have only been two previous matches between the teams and unsurprisingly South Africa have won both. The Springboks won 20-0 in the first meeting before a 51-18 victory but the most recent game was 19 years ago. The handicap mark is set at 57 points and if South Africa are fully firing this could be surpassed but alternative bets appeal.
Canada's first two matches have seen more tries scored in the second half and there is scope for South Africa to punish their tiring opponents as the match progresses. The Springboks claimed five of their seven tries after the break against Italy and could come on strong again in Kobe. It looks worth backing more tries in the second half with South Africa winning handsomely in their final pool game.
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