South Africa are “nervous” and have been forced into choosing a much stronger team than they normally would for this test match, Japanese coach Eddie Jones believes.
Jones named his team on Thursday to face the Springboks on Saturday in their Rugby World Cup opener in Brighton, hinting that the Springbok nerves may well play into Japan’s hands as they will try and exploit the early jitters to keep themselves in the game.
The former Springbok assistant said he was shocked at the Springboks’ loss against Argentina in Durban a few weeks ago and believes the pressure they are under forced them to pick players such as Victor Matfield, Schalk Burger and others to make a good start to the tournament.