Jean: Forget about the score

2015-09-18 18:43
Jean de Villiers (AP)

Brighton - While most would expect a big win for South Africa against Japan in the Rugby World Cup on Saturday, Springbok captain Jean de Villiers said on Friday the scoreline was irrelevant.

"We are not putting a score in it," he told reporters after a final training session at the Brighton Community Stadium before the opening Pool B match.

"We know what our strengths are and what our weaknesses are. Our focus is to gain as much momentum as we can and to properly execute the things that we have been working on.

"Obviously the main aim is to win but it's not in the score but rather the way in which we play and execute things that is important. We want to tick other boxes too."

De Villiers said the bulk of preparations had been completed in South Africa before the team's arrival last Saturday with the last week in Eastbourne, on England's south coast, spent tweaking their plans.

"I've been to previous World Cups and the more rugby changes, the more it says the same. The preparation is no different. We've been working on small details and planning a little for the opposition.

"We couldn't have done more (training). We've had a good couple of weeks now. The vibe among the players picked up since we got here and the attention to detail as well. Being at the World Cup is so special," he added.


South Africa:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Pat Lambie, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Lood de Jager, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 JP Pietersen


15 Ayumu Goromaru, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Male Sau, 12 Craig Wing, 11 Kotaro Matsushima, 10 Kosei Ono, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Hendrik Tui, 7 Michael Broadhurst, 6 Michael Leitch, 5 Hitoshi Ono, 4 Luke Thompson, 3 Kensuke Hatakeyama, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Masataka Mikami

Substitutes: 16 Takeshi Kazu, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Shinya Makabe, 20. Amanaki Mafi, 21 Atsushi Hiwasa, 22 Harumichi Tatekawa, 23 Karne Hesketh 

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