South Africa vs Canada : South Africa captain Siya Kolisi accepts his side will be taking a leap into the unknown when they face Canada for the first time in nearly 20 years as they look to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals.
A bonus-point win for the Springboks will all but assure the two-time world champions of entry into the last eight.
Tuesday’s Pool B match at the Kobe Misaki Stadium will be just the third time the two countries have met, and the first since South Africa’s 51-18 victory over Canada in East London in 2000 – when current Springbok head coach Rassie Erasmus was playing for the home side.
Kolisi, who will be starting his third match in four games as he continues his return to match-fitness after a knee injury, said a South Africa side showing 13 changes from the team that beat Italy 49-3 last time had to focus on their own performance.
South Africa could face Japan in the quarter-finals in a repeat of the ‘Miracle of Brighton’ when the Brave Blossoms stunned the Springboks 34-32 in the greatest World Cup upset of them all four years ago.
Japan are currently unbeaten at this edition having produced another shock win with a 19-12 success over Ireland, and Springboks assistant coach Mzwandile Stick said: “At the moment, the focus is just on the game we are playing.
South Africa vs Canada: Rugby World Cup kick-off time and prediction
Kick off time: It’s the perfect time for you to sneak away for an extended lunch-time meeting. Kick off is at 12:15 SAST on 8 October 2019. It will be live on SuperSport 1.
For the RWC, we’ll be using a prediction algorithm from a New Zealand anorak.
Prediction: Stranger things happen at sea, but South Africa are tipped to win by 62 or more.