SPORTS DAY: Lose and miss playoffs? Surely not

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SPORTS DAY: Lose and miss playoffs? Surely not

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Springboks vs Italy: Kolisi knows it’s serious 

It is not so much the opposition, as the grave consequences defeat holds‚ that will fire the Springboks up when they clash with Italy in the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa on Friday. Defeat to New Zealand in their Rugby World Cup opening game has brought them to this potential precipice but victory over Italy will bridge their path into the quarterfinals thus avoiding a deeply unpalatable scenario of being the first Bok team not to make the playoffs. Captain Siya Kolisi knows the gravity of the situation:  “We all know what we need to do. Each player knows what is needed of them.”..

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