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Springboks must improve to lift World Cup - Erasmus

20th October 2019, 19:37 by Craig Smithson

South Africa have been warned by coach Rassi Erasmus that they will not win the Rugby World Cup if they don't improve their play.

The Springboks booked a last-four clash against Wales in Yokohama next Sunday after claiming a 26-3 win against host nation Japan in Tokyo on Sunday.

Makazole Mapimpi's fourth-minute try put South Africa in front, but they failed to take several chances to extend that advantage before a Yu Tamura penalty hauled the hosts back into the tie as they trailed 5-3 at the break.

However, Mapimpi and Faf de Klerk added further tries in the second half, while fly-half Handre Pollard added 11 points with his boot.

Erasmus was delighted to reach the semi-finals, but he acknowledged that his team will not win the trophy if they don't kill teams off.

"We were very nervous at half-time," said Erasmus. "When we get the opportunities, we must utilise them."

He added: "In a game which is 80 minutes, and 40 minutes of ball-in-play, if you have four minutes where you drop your standards, you will get caught out.

"I guess we don't need to improve in specific departments, but rather for 80 minutes of rugby if we want to win the World Cup."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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