SPORTS DAY: Faf and Handre primed for slip-sliding away

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SPORTS DAY: Faf and Handre primed for slip-sliding away

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Boks plan aerial bombardment

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus predictably named his No 1 side on Thursday to face New Zealand in the marquee clash on the opening weekend of the World Cup. He will roll out the same side that thrashed Japan in their final warm-up match before the tournament. Against Japan, Faf de Klerk and Handre Pollard spent much of the time kicking the ball away so the South Africans could rehearse their defensive lines ahead of the sustained periods of attack they expect from the All Blacks. “It’s going to be a massive challenge with the rain they’re predicting,” said Erasmus. “Everyone’s talking about the slippery ball and the wetness. Kicking is going to play a big part.”..

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