Hooker Schalk Brits insists that South Africa will treat Saturday’s game against Scotland as if it were the Rugby World Cup final itself – after an indifferent start to the tournament.
Following a shock defeat to Japan in their opening Pool B game, the Springboks got their World Cup campaign back on track with a 46-6 win over Samoa. They now travel to Newcastle to take on Scotland at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon (4:45pm kick-off.)
Two-time Rugby World Cup winners South Africa are currently best priced 1/6 to beat Scotland at Coral, who offer 4/1 for a Scotland triumph and 20/1 for a draw in this Pool B clash.
Springboks Ready To Fight
Brits admits he knows that South Africa – who triumphed in the 1995 and 2007 Rugby World Cup tournaments – can’t afford any more slip-ups if they are to do well in the 2015 World Cup and insists his side will prepare for Saturday’s game against Scotland as if it were the final.
The 34-year-old Saracens forward told Sky Sports: “If we lose this, we’re out.
“We are in this position and we’re ready to fight and make our country proud.”
Brits Impressed By Scotland So Far
Scotland have seen off Japan 45-10 and United States 39-16 in their first two Pool B games and their passages of fluent attacking rugby have impressed Brits.
He added: “I actually like watching them, for the first time. The way Vern [Cotter, Scotland coach] wants to play, he plays with discipline but he gives the players freedom.
“Not just from a national point of view but from a club point of view, they’re playing some very good rugby. For me, it’s great to see Scotland being strong.”
Brits also knows that the Tartan Army will travel in their droves to cheer on Scotland and has called on his fellow countrymen to travel to Newcastle to roar the Springboks on to victory.
Brits said: “There’s going to be a lot of Scots coming over the border. And they sing a lot. So to all the South Africans: I don’t know if there’s tickets left, but please come and be vocal.”