South Africa could secure their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with victory over Tonga on Sunday (8pm BST).
The Springboks are seeking a response in Pool B following last week’s defeat by Ireland, who they will overtake with a bonus-point win in Marseille.
South Africa vs Tonga Betting Tips
- South Africa -41 Handicap @ 10/11 with bet365
- Makazole Mapimpi and Grant Williams to both score a try anytime @ 5/6 with bet365
- Jasper Wiese to score 2+ tries @ 6/1 with CopyBet
Beware a wounded Springbok! That’s the message that will be given to Tonga ahead of this match, after South Africa’s defeat in their titanic battle against Ireland last weekend. South Africa will be looking to put that defeat behind them and make a statement ahead of a likely QF clash against France.
Tonga are another team who have disappointed at this World Cup. In a very tough group alongside South Africa, Ireland & Scotland, no one was expecting them to qualify but to at least show some typical fighting spirit with some added flair that we come to expect from the Pacific Islanders. So far they have failed to show any of this promise in comprehensive defeats to Ireland & Scotland and you would expect more of the same in this match, even with SA resting a few players.
South Africa should comfortably cover the -41 handicap, as they look to bounce back and grasp qualification from Pool B.
The likes of Makazole Mapimpi & Grant Williams will both be looking to add to their try tally. Mapimpi has gotten across the line three times so far this World Cup, with Williams grabbing two tries on his own.
Jasper Wiese is also a wise bet to score 2 or more tries as South Africa look to exert their traditional power game and target lineout drives, especially in the early stages.
South Africa vs Tonga team news
Jacques Nienaber has made 12 changes from the Ireland defeat, including a first international appearance in over 13 months for the fit-again Handre Pollard at fly-half.
South Africa: Willie Le Roux, Grant Williams, Canan Moodie, Andre Esterhuizen, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Cobus Reinach; Ox Nche, Deon Fourie, Vincent Koch, Eben Etzebeth, Marvin Orie, Siya Kolisi, Duane Vermeulen, Jasper Wiese.
Replacements: Marco van Staden, Steven Kitshoff, Trevor Nyakane, Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, Jaden Hendrikse, Manie Libbok, Jesse Kriel.