Boks should swim through pool stage

Willie Le Roux of the Springboks runs the ball. --- Image by © Andrew Aylett/Corbis
Willie Le Roux of the Springboks runs the ball. --- Image by © Andrew Aylett/Corbis

SOUTH Africa have a pretty easy pool at this World Cup, it has to be said.

They’re in Pool B and will face Japan, Samoa, Scotland and the USA.

Scotland could be a problem if they play out of their minds and the weather is desperate, but it’s unlikely.
Samoa will be a serious physical threat, and the Boks would like to get through that game without any injuries.
Japan and the USA will have one or two fancy moves but nothing that will give coach Heyneke Meyer any sleepless nights – and no doubt, he has had more than enough of those.

The pools are as follows:
Pool A – Australia, England, Fiji, Uruguay and Wales.
Pool B – Japan, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, USA.
Pool C – Argentina, Georgia, Namibia, New Zealand, Tonga.
Pool D – Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Romania.

Pool A is arguably the Pool of Death, but Wales have lost some key players to injury and so shouldn’t trouble Australia and England too much.

Argentina could be a banana skin to New Zealand in Pool C, but it’s unlikely. It would suit South Africa though as B1 is on track to face C1 in one of the semi-finals.

In Pool D, Italy would have to produce something special to upset either of France or Ireland.

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