October 11, 2019

Rugby World Cup: South Africa will be nervous for must-win Italy match, says Erasmus

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South Africa is going to be nervous if they play with their must win World Cup game against Italy on Friday, coach Rassie Erasmus has said.
The Springboks are third in Pool B behind Italy and New Zealand currently hitting the knockout stage.
South Africa have won 13 of 14 suits against The Azzurri but did lose to them as recently as 2016.
We have been preparing for 20 or 21 Test matches and it is do or die now, Erasmus said.
The players believe it. I cant sit here and let you know that we do not have a few butterflies, since we have lost in the previous few decades to Italy.
They [Italy] will probably be really up for this particular match since they wont think they could beat the All Blacks, but theyll believe they can beat the Springboks.
South Africa, who had been one of those favourites, have made three adjustments to their own pack in their defeat.
Hooker Bongi Mbonambi, prop Tendai Mtawarira and lock Lood de Jager keep their locations after strong performances against Namibia on Saturday.
Veteran Sergio Parisse has been recalled by italy at number eight, wholl turn into the second-most-capped player in Tests.
Against his 142nd cap will be won by the 36-year-old, overtaking Ireland legend Brian ODriscoll, which only New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will have more with 148.
They have points up to now following wins against Canada and Namibia and play with New Zealand.
Italy coach Conor OShea statedthe stress is on South Africa on Friday.
They are expected to win World Cup, he explained.
If you do not front up emotionally against them, you have already lost the game. You have to take them in the forward. We have to treat it just like the last match we will ever play.
South Africa: Le Roux, Kolbe, Am, De Allende De Klerk, Pollard; Mtawarira, Mbonambi, Malherbe; Etzebeth, De Jager; Vermeulen, Kolisi Toit
Replacements: Marx Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Louw, Jantjies, Steyn
Italy: Minozzi; Benvenuti, Morisi, Hayward, Campagnaro; Allan, Tebaldi; Lovotti, Bigi, Ferrari; Sisi, Budd; Steyn; Polledri, Parisse (capt)
Replacements: Zani, Quaglio, Riccioni, Zanni, Ruzza Braley, Canna
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