Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
2 minute read
26 Oct 2019
6:00 am

Now to tame the dragon, Springboks

Rudolph Jacobs

If tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal is played in the wet, as is expected, the Springboks are braced for ‘a game of chess’ against Wales, says flyhalf Handre Pollard.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi, left, and Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones.

With wet weather on the cards for tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup semifinal between South Africa and Wales in Tokyo, Springbok flyhalf Handre Pollard predicts that it could come down to a “game of chess’’. The Boks are attempting to reach their first final in 12 years and their third in total, while the Welsh will be out to make history after losing both their last-four appearances in 1987 and 2011. South Africa have won two of their four semifinals, first against France in 1995 and then against Argentina in 2007, and have lost two nail-biters against the Wallabies in 1999...