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Springboks not underestimating Brave Blossoms in World Cup quarter-final showdown

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Springboks not underestimating Brave Blossoms in World Cup quarter-final showdown
Springboks not underestimating Brave Blossoms in World Cup quarter-final showdown

We "don't underestimate anything", says South Africa's assistant coach Mzwandile Stick as they prepare to face hosts Japan in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

SHOWS: TOKYO, JAPAN (OCTOBER 15, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH AFRICAN WORLD CUP RUGBY SQUAD ASSISTANT COACH, MZWANDILE STICK, TALKING ABOUT THEIR QUARTER-FINAL OPPONENTS JAPAN, SAYING: "They are a well-coached side at the moment.

To see their plans coming into place against Scotland, that means also on the day, we must also pitch up and make sure that we are switched on and make sure that we don't underestimate anything, any of them on the field you know.

Because once again, if you going underestimate them, they are a proper side at the moment.

We don't talk about a tier-two side anymore now.

They are up there ranked seventh in the world currently so they are a very, very proper side.

We can't underestimate them.

So, we are going to make sure that we are well-prepared and make sure that whatever surprises they want to throw to us on the day, we will be able to handle them, and once again it's going to be tough challenge for us." 2.

VARIOUS OF SOUTH AFRICA TRAINING STORY: South Africa's assistant coach Mzwandile Stick said that the Springboks "don't understimate anything" as they prepare to face Japan in their Rugby World Cup quarter-final in Tokyo next Sunday (October 20).

South Africa comfortably accounted for the Brave Blossoms 41-7 in a pre-tournament friendly in Kumagaya on Sept.

6, but the pre-match build-up had been dominated by Japan's shock 34-32 victory over the Springboks in Brighton at the 2015 World Cup.

"We are going to make sure that we are well-prepared and make sure that whatever surprises they want to throw to us on the day, we will be able to handle them," said Stick.

Japan come into the match on the back of four straight wins to top Pool A.

South Africa finished runners-up in Pool B after they lost 23-13 to the All Blacks in their opening game in Yokohama on Sept.

21.

Following that loss, the Springboks cantered through their other three pool matches, resoundingly beating Namibia 57-3, Italy 49-3 and Canada 66-7.

(Production: Jill Gralow)

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