Eddie Jones (AP)
London - Eddie Jones masterminded the
greatest Rugby World Cup upset when Japan beat South Africa but he now needs
them to beat Samoa to help the Brave Blossoms' campaign to reach the
Jones, who took responsibility for the
45-10 defeat inflicted on Japan by Scotland on Wednesday, has labelled
Saturday's game as something he would pay to see as it promises to be a 'bash
Jones, whose side stood up to the brute
force of the Springboks throughout the epic 34-32 win in Brighton, needs a
South African victory almost as much as the Springboks do against the
physically intimidating Samoans who beat the United States on Sunday.
A Springbok win would boost Japanese
chances of making history in reaching the quarter-finals for the first time,
and add to the surge in interest in rugby that will augur well for their
hosting of the 2019 World Cup.
"The Samoans could come out of the
match with the Springboks bruised and battered," said Jones.
"That match will be a bit like a
Ultimate Fighting Championship fight with a fair bit of Springbok power coming
forward at the Samoans.
"You read the books on physiology and
they say you need six days to recover after exercise like the boys had against
"So after the 'Boks game the Samoans
will have at best the six days break compared to the three we had prior to the
Scottish match, so I guess what goes around comes around."
Jones' wish for a 'bash fest' may be
granted as Samoa coach Stephen Betham also believes Saturday's match may need
an 18 certificate for sensitive viewers.
"We're expecting massive
warfare," said Betham.
"But in saying that we can't come to a
war with our hands and a pocket knife, we've got to bring all we've got and face
"We've always expected South Africa to
be our toughest opponent here and that hasn't changed one bit. We expect them
to be even harder now because that surprise factor is not in there.
"I think they are going to attack us
right from the start. The first 15 minutes will be crucial.
"We have got to man up in that first
15 minutes because if we shy out in any way then it is going to be a long day
at the office."
South Africa could also do Jones a favour
in introducing enough needle they provoke the Samoans into going back to their
bad old habits of ill-discipline.
It was something they kept well under
control against the less challenging USA, but if they lose it against the 'Boks
it could conceivably cost them a key player or two for the Japan game.
The more damage done the better for Jones
because as he said on Wednesday in the immediate aftermath of the defeat the
result in Japan's game with Samoa will probably decide their fate.
"If we can knock Samoa off in 10 days
then we have a terrific chance, if we don't then we're cooked," said
As the table stands Scotland have five
points and lead Japan and Samoa by a point with the Springboks on two, though
the Japanese have played a game more than the others.