Boks ready to tackle Wales

Many Springboks fans in London are quietly optimistic that SA will conquer Wales come Saturday.

Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer during the team announcement at Pennyhill Park, England. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

LONDON - The business end of the Rugby World Cup gets underway this weekend and it's the Springboks who will get proceedings underway when they take on Wales at Twickenham.

The team has been under massive pressure following their unprecedented defeat to Japan, and will be keen to prove doubters wrong come Saturday.

Coach Heyneke Meyer's charges have been playing knockout rugby since week one defeat to Japan and throughout this week, Meyer has expressed how confident the team is heading into the quarterfinal.

The Boks are now based at the luxurious five-star Pennyhill Park Hotel and are using the facility to the best of their advantage.

Many Springboks fans in London are quietly optimistic that their team will conquer Wales and with hundreds and thousands of South Africans expats living in London, their voices will be heard at Twickenham, the home of rugby.

Their chances widely and perhaps unwisely written off ,wily Wales coach Warren Gatland will be delighted with how his team is being perceived ahead of the match.

The huge Welsh media contingent that turned out for his press conference on Thursday suddenly went strutting, with any sort of confidence.

But for the Springboks outside of the injury to Victor Matfield, it's been a flawless week of preparations with all the odds seemingly stacked in their favour.

The All Blacks will start as huge favourites against France in Cardiff but history certainly dictates this contest in a world cup context, far close in reality that it is on paper.

As for Australia versus Scotland, Michael Cheika is unlikely losing much sleep over that tie.

And the world rugby most improved Argentina will look to add more woes to Ireland, who have lost key player to injuries.

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