JDV: We're down but not out

2015-09-20 07:52
Jean de Villiers (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Not many would have wanted to be in Springbok captain Jean de Villiers' shoes after his side's shocking 34-32 Rugby World Cup loss to Japan on Saturday night. 

It is probably the worst result in South Africa's rugby history, yet De Villiers believes that his side can bounce back.

"There is still a possibility to make it out of the group and we need to win every game we have left, but it is hugely disappointing," the skipper told Reuters after the match in which a last-minute try saw Japan steal one of the most memorable victories that the tournament has ever produced.

"The character of this side will be tested. It is not doom and gloom but a massive dent to us."

The Springboks are next in action on Saturday when they take on Samoa at Villa Park in Birmingham. 

If the Boks are to win the World Cup they will be the first side to have done so after losing a pool game. 

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