South Africa have declared that they are confident of winning their Rugby World Cup quarter-final at Twickenham on Saturday.
The Springboks suffered the shock defeat of the tournament in their opening game against Japan, but recovered well to top Pool B with wins over Samoa, Scotland and the USA. Meanwhile, Wales were able to get the better of hosts England and qualify in second spot in Pool A at their expense, behind group winners Australia.
Two-time winners South Africa are best priced 1/3 to beat Wales at Sky Bet, who also offer an industry best price of 28/1 for the draw at the end of 80 minutes. Wales are available at 11/4 to triumph over the Springboks and progress into a Rugby World Cup Semi-final for the first time since their Third Place finish in the inaugural tournament back in 1987.
Springboks “Pretty Confident” Of Progressing
Wales won the last contest between the two sides in Cardiff last autumn and, when asked – at a press conference at their new training base at Pennyhill Park – about Wales taking confidence from that win, South African defence coach John McFarland was quick to play down that result and reveal that the Springboks are just as confident in getting the win.
McFarland said: “We are pretty confident as well we are going to beat them so it works both ways.
“We have also had success against them. I think we have played against them since the end of 2013 and we have scored 11 tries against them and we have scored four tries.
“It will be a tough game on the weekend and knockout rugby always is. It will be whoever works the hardest, dominates the collisions and takes their chances (who’ll prevail.)”
Wales Indiscipline Cost Them Against Australia
Wales face South Africa following a 15-6 defeat to Australia in last Saturday’s Pool A decider and, while he was impressed with what he saw, McFarland stated that indiscipline cost Warren Gatland’s men at Twickenham.
McFarland added: “I thought it was a great games between Wales and Australia. It was a game full of passion and knockout rugby, because the team who lost knew they were going to play against us.
“That is what World Cups are about and what we want to see.
“If you look at it, discipline decided the game. That’s a key aspect of the game and will be on Saturday.
“We are well aware of that and we don’t want to give penalties away and we want to force them to.”