Minister to Boks: You must fire
Johannesburg - Every game at the Rugby World Cup must be played as if it is the last, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has told the Springbok rugby team.
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"We expect you to be firing from all cylinders in the game against Samoa this Friday," Mbalula wrote in a message to the SA Rugby Union, the Springbok team management, and the Bok players on Wednesday.
"Treat this game and the remaining games as the final and continue launching the final assault on the enemy as true warriors."
The title holders need one point from their last Pool D match against Samoa in Auckland to reach the playoffs.
"Once this mission is accomplished this Friday, we will join you as you escalate and intensify the attack on the opposition we will be meeting at the quarter-finals," Mbalula wrote.
"Remember we are the future and nobody can stop us."
Mbalula told the team over 50 million South Africans were following their progress in the tournament with "great enthusiasm and interest".
He urged the players to maintain a fighting spirit in their quest for a third world rugby title.
South Africa's game against Samoa at the North Harbour Stadium kicks off at 9h30 (SA time) on Friday.
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