Jones keen to exploit Bok weaknesses

Date published: September 18 2015

Japan coach Eddie Jones knows his side face a daunting task against South Africa in Brighton on Saturday but he's looking forward to it.

“It’s David vs Goliath,” said Jones.

“They’ve got the greatest winning record in World Cup history, a massive physical team with experience.

“We’ve got the least winning record at the World Cup, and we’re the smallest team in the World Cup. But for us, we have the most experienced Japanese team. It’s a great opportunity for us, we’re looking forward to it.”

“Everyone usually fights with spears so we’ve got to fight with other things. It’s finding those things that we can fight with.”

This the first time these sides meet at Test level but despite being overwhelming underdogs, Japan are brimming with confidence after beating Uruguay twice at home and Georgia in Gloucester two weeks ago.

Japan, who are hosting the 2019 Rugby World Cup, have set their sights on qualifying for the quarter-finals from Pool B which also includes Samoa, Scotland and the United States.

Their critics, however, feel they won't achieve that goal as they haven't won a game at the World Cup since the 1991 tournament.

Jones believes there are some weaknesses in the Springboks' game and hopes his players can exploit it.

“South Africa have had a tough time as of late,” he said.

“They haven’t done well in the Rugby Championship.

“For the first time in their history they lost to Argentina. Who would’ve thought South Africa would lose to Argentina? You never know what’s around the corner.

“We’ve come to this World Cup to gain some respect for Japan. At the end of the tournament we want people to say that Japan is a respected rugby country.

“If we play well enough we’re going to win games of rugby.”