Brits: This is our final

Date published: September 28 2015

Schalk Brits harped on the importance of South Africa's clash against Scotland on Saturday, indicating it is a must win for the team.

The Springboks' shock loss to Japan in their World Cup opener means that the two-time world champions must win the rest of their games in Pool B if they want to keep their knockout destiny in their own hands.

"For us it's our final," confirmed the hooker.

"If we lose this we’re out. We are in this position and we're ready to fight and make our country proud."

Brits added that he has been impressed by the way Scotland's coach, Vern Cotter, handles his charges. He added that there definitely is a Kiwi flavour to the Scots' rugby, which is a result of Cotter's roots in New Zealand. 

"The way Vern wants to play, he plays with discipline but he gives the players freedom to play," said Brits.

"Not just from a national point of view but from a club point of view they’re playing some very good rugby. Their domestic sides are doing better. For me it’s great to see Scotland being strong. It makes the game better for all of us.

"He's got one or two Kiwis playing there anyway. And the way he coached at Clermont as well, you can see that pattern moving from Clermont to Scotland. Always it will take a while to change game patterns and he had to change certain players to play his style or rugby. It’s paying off at the right time for him."

On the match against Scotland, Brits is hoping that many South African supporters make their way over to St. James' Park in Newcastle, as there are sure to be many Scots given its proximity to the border.

"There's going to be a lot of Scots coming over the border…and they sing a lot," added the Saracens stalwart.

"So to all the South Africans: I don't know if there's tickets left but please come and be vocal, we want to hear you singing and going crazy. So yeah, it's going to be great."