A bull fight beckons between Goats and Roosters


The Springboks play next Sunday evening in the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup tournament against France at the Stade de France.

It is the defending world champion team against the host country in an important knockout match at an iconic stadium; yes-no, the table is undoubtedly set for fiery rugby action.

According to Springbok assistant coach Daan Human, both teams have improved since their previous duel last November in Marseille.

The Roosters won that test 30 – 26 after Wayne Barnes sent off Pieter-Steph du Toit and Antoine Dupont with red cards.

“I think they are a better team than last year, but we have also improved,” said Human.

“When a team works hard on the training field, it will naturally play better rugby. But just as France believes in its abilities on the playing field, we also believe in our players’ skills.”

According to the 47-year-old former Springbok prop, who played in 169 games for Toulouse, there are not many cracks in the Roosters’ assembly.

“They are strong in every department of the game – that is why they are among the top teams in the world. At the same time they won all four of their group stage games and they waved the scepter against the All Blacks.”

According to Trevor Nyakane, the French’s scrum work is their pride.

“France will definitely stand their ground in the scrums, but we are also working very hard to dominate this facet of the game. When a team enjoys forward momentum in the scrum, it gives them a big psychological boost,” said the experienced Bok forward.

The Springboks leave for Paris on Monday to prepare for the quarter-final.