CAPE TOWN – Revenge is a dish best served cold, goes the old saying. The Springboks will not mind if they serve it cold, hot or lukewarm against Japan today.
But revenge will certainly be on their minds.
In our titles this week, we ran an evocative piece recreating the famous (or should we say infamous) day in Brighton at the 2015 World Cup, where Japan shocked the Boks and the rugby world with a 34-32 win.
It was a win masterminded by that old fox, Eddie Jones. The day before the game, Jones said: “If we get some early points, watch how nervy the Boks get.” And that is exactly what happened as the Brave Blossoms mowed the Boks down by their ankles to set up one of the greatest upsets in rugby history.
Today, the two teams meet again for the first time since Brighton 2015. It’s officially only a World Cup warm-up match, but you can be sure that it will be very serious stuff for both teams.