World Cup

Boks will battle without Butch

JON CARDINELLI writes that Peter de Villiers will come to regret a campaign-defining decision made on the basis of one missed penalty attempt.

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Pietersen still in doubt

JP Pietersen did not train with the Springboks on Wednesday and will face a final fitness test on Thursday.

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Fear not a factor for Wallabies

Kurtley Beale says the heightened pressure of a quarter-final won’t deter them from ‘having a crack’ from broken field situations in Wellington on Sunday.

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When destiny knocks

When destiny knocks

JON CARDINELLI, in Business Day Sport Monthly, speaks to Eddie Jones, who says the Webb Ellis Cup will go to the team that embraces the event the most.

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‘Caps won’t win you the game’

While he acknowledges that the Boks’ experience is a plus, Schalk Burger says this won’t be as game-shaping as accuracy and consistency in Sunday’s do-or-die meeting with the Wallabies.

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Polota-Nau: Bring on the Boks

Australia aren’t spooked by the challenge of having to match the Springboks physically. They’re relishing the battle.

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Ireland wait on Best

Ireland are sweating on the fitness of hooker Rory Best, but have otherwise named an unchanged side to face Wales in the quarter-final in Wellington.

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No bullseye on halfback hotshots

Bakkies Botha says there is no directive to target Australia’s halfback pair of Will Genia and Quade Cooper, stressing the importance of collective synergy on defence.

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Steyn wary of Wellington wind

Morne Steyn says Wellington is the toughest place for goal kickers to be successful but his accuracy at the venue should be encouraging.

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