Springboks are focused on Italy clash

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Now for Italy! The Springboks bounced back from their opening Pool B defeat to the All Blacks with a comfortable win against neighbours, Namibia, in Toyota on Saturday, but now must beat Italy to guarantee themselves a place in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.The Boks are expected to beat Canada in their last pool game on October 8 to progress but for that to be a certainty they must get the better of Italy on Friday (11.45am, SA time, kick-off).

Bok coach Rassie Erasmus knows just how important this week’s match in Ecopa is.“Overall, a few boxes were ticked (in the nine-tries-to-nil 57-3 win against Namibia) but there is still a lot of work for us to do,” he said after the match in Toyota on Saturday.

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