Alberts relishing one last chance

Date published: October 28 2015

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South Africa's Willem Alberts is relishing one last chance to wear the Springbok jersey at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

The two-time world champions were edged 20-18 by New Zealand in their semi-final, setting up a third/fourth place play-off clash with Argentina.

While it is a match that teams struggle mentally to prepare for, the back-row indicated that the Springboks would give it their all.

"We wanted to win it to make the nation proud," said the 31-year-old of the epic semi-final. 

"But we've got one more chance this year to pull the Springbok jersey over our heads. All we can do is just to go out there and do our best and show that we're still champions even though we didn't win the World Cup.

"It's obviously massively disappointing not going all the way this World Cup. That was everybody's dream."

Despite the All Blacks dominating South Africa in many facets of the game, Alberts believes the Springboks performance was acceptable. New Zealand controlled 57 per cent of the ball and 67 per cent of the territory and missed just three tackles to the South Africa's 20.

"I do think if you look at our last game, we didn't play bad…it was quite a rugby spectacle," added the former Sharks player, who will play for Top 14 side Stade Français after the World Cup.

"If we can take the good things out of that game and continue into the next one, then we'll be ready for another great rugby match."

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