Joseph ready for live show af­ter loss to Boks

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT -

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.”

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