Joseph ready for live show after loss to Boks
Jamie Joseph believes Japan have lulled South Africa into a false sense of security.
The Brave Blossoms boss has dubbed Japan’s 41-7 loss to South Africa in September a “rehearsal” not a World Cup warm-up.
The Springboks have picked six forwards and just two backs on their bench in a clear bid to out-muscle the hosts, but Japan head coach Joseph insisted his men know how to combat that.
“I’ve renamed that Test match as a warmup for South Africa and rehearsal for us and I think that’s going to be a benefit for us.
“What is clear is what South Africa are going to
“I have renamed that match a warm-up”
do. It’s clear because of their selection of extra forwards on the bench, it’s not unique but shows they are physically going to approach the match using their forwards and being very physical.
“What’s not so clear is what we’re going to do and that’s what I’m looking forward to.”
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi does not believe his side needs to ramp up their mental state, insisting they have been playing ‘do-or-die’ rugby since arriving.
A 23-13 defeat against the All Blacks in their opener left the Boks with no margin for error but they refused to blink and took care of Namibia, Italy and Canada with minimum fuss.
Kolisi said: “Luckily for us it’s been do-ordie since the first game, so we’ve been in that mindset for a couple of weeks now.”