Ireland will look to capitalise on South Africa’s weaknesses in order to beat them in Paris on Saturday, according to The Independent’s Ruaidhri O’Connor.
Pool B of the Rugby World Cup will largely come down to who walks away from Paris with a win between the World No. 1 side Ireland, and the World Champions South Africa.
It has been billed as the biggest game of the pool stages, and one of the most anticipated pre-knockout game of this year’s tournament.
Ireland come into the clash with a load of momentum, having been unbeaten in 14 games, and scoring a combined 141 points against Tonga and Romania in the opening two rounds.
This follows a Grand Slam earlier in the year, and a series win over New Zealand in 2src22.
However, the Springboks charge into Saint-Denis with 96 points total against Romania and Scotland in the first two rounds, conceding just the sole penalty against Scotland so far in the World Cup.
While their Rugby Championship campaign was not as emphatic as Ireland’s Grand Slam, South Africa inflicted New Zealand’s heaviest ever loss in Twickenham a week before the World Cup, and have conceded only 39 points in their last five games.
It is a titanic battle that will dictate the result of the group.
Every team has their weaknesses
Speaking on Wednesday Night Rugby, Ruaidhri O’Connor broke down the weaknesses that the Springboks have that Ireland will look to exploit at the Stade de France.
“Every team has weaknesses,” O’Connor said. “Even the great All Blacks team of ’11 and ’15 had weaknesses, finding them was very difficult.
“This South Africa team, they’re obviously the World Champions, they
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