CAPE TOWN – Ahead of their Hong Kong opener against Japan, Blitzboks coach Neil Powell said that he wasn't expecting it to be easy. And we saw why.
While the South Africans won 22-7, they had to overcome a plucky Japanese outfit after having trailed 7-5 at half-time.
Japan threatened an upset as they still led early in the second half, but a try by Werner Kok put the Blitzboks in the lead, and two more tries by Justin Geduld and Siviwe Soyizwapi sealed the deal for South Africa.
On Saturday, the Blitzboks take on Scotland (5.41 SA time) and Samoa (9.22) in their remaining Pool a games.
The Springboks will play their final two Pool A matches on Saturday, against Scotland (5.41am SA time) and Samoa (9.22am).
Tries: Werner Kok (2), Justin Geduld, Siviwe Soyizwapi
Conversion: Selvyn Davids
Try: Siosifa Lisala
Conversion: Katsuyuki Sakai@WynonaLouw