Andy Robinson (Gallo Images)
London - A battle of the flyhalves will determine whether
the Springboks or Wales progress to the last four of the Rugby World Cup, former
England and Scotland coach Andy Robinson believes.
The Dragons are looking to reach the semi-finals for a
second successive World Cup, while the Boks are out to replicate their title successes
of 1995 and 2007.
Flyhalf Dan Biggar has scored almost half of Wales' 117
points at the tournament so far, and his opposite number, 21-year-old Handre
Pollard, is yet to taste defeat as a starter.
“This game will come down to how well the two 10s perform,” Robinson
was quoted as saying on the Rugby World Cup’s official website.
“That means discipline is key for both sides in terms of how
many penalties they give away.
“If Pollard can get his game management right and keep the
scoreboard ticking over, which he did so well against Scotland, he will put
South Africa in a great position to win the game.
“I’ve been really impressed by Pollard so far. He’s
understood when to take points and scored a great drop-goal against
But Robinson, who coached Scotland four years ago at the
Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, believes Wales should not be written off.
"They have dug deep throughout the tournament and the
injuries they have had would affect any side. They will feel they are on a rite
of passage to get to the semi-finals of this World Cup, and Biggar could be the
man to take them there.
“He’s had a phenomenal tournament with the boot, only
missing one kick, and you can see him taking the game for Wales. The battle of
the number 10s is going to be great.”
Saturday’s clash at Twickenham is scheduled for 17:00 (SA
15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12
Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Fourie du Preez
(captain), 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de
Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai
Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18
Jannie du Plessis, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Ruan Pienaar,
22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.