The widely touted kicking strategy to test opposition back lines with a slippery ball in humid conditions could play into South Africa's hands at the Rugby World Cup in Japan, Springboks winger Cheslin Kolbe said on Wednesday.
Wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Kolbe showed quick feet to make Japan pay for their sloppy play at breakdown during a convincing 41-7 victory for the visitors in Kumagaya this month.
Ahead of Saturday's crunch match against reigning world champions New Zealand in Yokohama, Kolbe sees no reason why South Africa cannot continue to punish their opponents for poor ball handling and hurt them with counter-attacks.
"The ball's quite slippery and your palms get sweaty," Kolbe told a news conference on Wednesday.
"There will be teams who will try and kick a lot to try to force some errors – especially on the back three – to create opportunities to attack from.