The Springboks have reverted to the starting XV and replacements that recorded a 49-3 victory over Italy a fortnight ago for the do-or-die Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.
Japan qualified to play in the quarter-final match of the ninth Rugby World Cup tournament by winning all four pool matches in Pool A. It is the first time that Japan have progressed beyond the Pool stages in nine RWC tournaments.
The Springboks will be ready for a massive challenge when they face RWC hosts Japan in the fourth and final quarter-final in Tokyo on Sunday, a match described by Rassie Erasmus as a good challenge against a well-coached team.
Springbok fans will have breathed a sigh of relief on Monday when Rassie Erasmus, South Africa’s director of rugby, declared Cheslin Kolbe “99 percent” ready to go. On Wednesday the man himself declared himself 100 percent ready!
If any of the 248 players left in Japan from the eight quarter-finalists are feeling the pressure, Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen is not one of them.