The daily tournament preview packs down with Rugby World Cup tips as South Africa gear up for their final group match against Canada.
21:15 (AEDT), Tue 8th Oct @ Misaki Park Stadium, Kobe
History: Played 2: South Africa 2 V Canada 0
Last meeting: June 10, 2000: South Africa 51 d Canada 18 at Buffalo City Stadium
Final Thoughts: Rugby World Cup title contenders South Africa’s pool campaign wraps up with a mismatch against Canada in Kobe.
Since an absorbing 23-13 loss to New Zealand in their opening assignment, the Springboks have been in cruise mode.
A second-string line-up scored nine tries in a 57-3 thrashing of Namibia. Hooker Bongi Mbonambi and winger Makazole Mapimpi both notched doubles – and both dotted down in the Boks’ next game.
South Africa put away Italy 49-3 on Friday night. They were held to a modest 17-3 halftime scoreline, but ran in another five tries after the Azzurri had a player sent off in the 43rd minute.
Centre Damian de Allende and skipper Siya Kolisi are the only starters retained from the Italy encounter.
Canada are in the midst of one of their more disappointing Rugby World Cup campaigns.
They were held scoreless until the 69th minute of a 48-7 loss to Italy in the opening week. The Canucks could take some heart from a 63-0 loss to the All Blacks, however, after keeping their try-line intact for the last 20 minutes of the match.
The nations have met just twice – and not since 2000, when South Africa won 51-18 at home. The Springboks also won a 1995 Rugby World Cup pool match 20-0.
With the likes of Elton Jantjies back into the Springboks’ line-up, expect an open, attacking mindset. The bigger lines have caught punters expecting a landslide out more often than not at this tournament, but South Africa have to be favoured to cover here.