Boks happy with progress in Japan
The Italy game was a crunch game for us which we had to win.
It was great to see the players executing what needed to be done and dominating the set-piece, being direct and physical.
As you can see, we ticked those boxes.
Italy did well by going to uncontested scrums, which allowed them free ball and also we couldn’t get penalties from scrum time, so well played by them.
We are a happy camper here in Japan, things are starting to fall into place which we are certainly excited about.
Our game management from the NZ test match to now has improved and we want that to filter through into the Canada game tomorrow and into the Quarter Final.
Yesterday (Sunday) was a full day of meetings and training sessions to cover the three day turnaround. I know supporters might think that there is no way you can prepare for such a short turnaround, but we knew about the Canada game in the beginning of the year already and had certain plans around it.
The captains run is done and now we're all back at the hotel with the hard work complete.
It's now up to the players to be mentally ready.
Cheslin Kolbe is probably the player of the tournament currently and we haven’t got to the knock out stages yet.
He's shown again that if you put your mind to something and never give up you can do magic.
At the Springboks we allow players to showcase their circus act (which is there own unique skills or attributes that they have) and we're happy he's doing that for the world to see.
Obviously everyone is on social media here, so you do see what people say and what’s been trending.
But we don’t pay any attention to negativity.
We all have a job to do here and that’s to win the Rugby World Cup. We have a great squad which has been together since June, so we're like family.