Springboks to stick to power game despite conditions

Faf de Klerk
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Despite the bad weather forecast in Japan this week-end, the Springboks will stick to their game plans. South Africa will face Wales in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup in Yokohama on Sunday.

Scrumhalves Faf de Klerk and Herschel Jantjies have been practicing touch line and box kicks in the pouring rain at the Yokohama Stadium on Friday.

Flyhalf Handre Pollard says they’re not going to change the strategies that have taken them to the semi-finals.

“It’s no secret, the set piece battle coming on Sunday. I’m sure it’ll be much tougher handling this week around, compared to last week. But for now as a flyhalf, you just let the boys go you know, you just keep them going forward. It’s my responsibility to keep our big boys going forward for the majority of the game. When you start turning around it takes a lot out of the forwards, they use a lot of energy. So try keeping them staying on the front foot as long as possible and then when we get the opportunities to get on, we’ll get on our set piece going. Just make sure they’re ready and ready to go,” says Pollard.

Meanwhile SuperSport United and Bafana Bafana international player, Dean Furman has wished the Springboks good luck ahead of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup semi-final.

Furman says he knows how it feels to knock a host nation out of a tournament, and hopes that feeling will carry them through to the final.

“It was a great win in the last round, and it sets up nicely for the semi-finals. So I’ll be watching. I’ll probably go down to a fan park with my wife and we’ll get involved and hope to enjoy the atmosphere and hope the Boks can get all the way to the final and go and lift the trophy. So fully behind them and just want to give them all my support,” says Ferman.