Springbok prop Steven Kitshoff has expressed his thoughts on the upcoming World Cup final between South Africa and the All Blacks. According to Kitshoff, if the match follows the trend of previous encounters between the two teams, the result is likely to be a close one.
Kitshoff acknowledged the strength of the All Blacks and their impressive track record. He mentioned that at the beginning of his international career in 2016, the Springboks struggled to secure a victory over their rivals.
However, since 2018, the matches between the two teams have been evenly contested, resulting in a 50-50 outcome.
Looking ahead to the final, Kitshoff described it as a historic and exciting game, with immense pressure and an incredible atmosphere. He highlighted the importance of a potential game-breaker for the Springboks, RG Snyman, who scored a crucial try against England in the semi-final.
Kitshoff praised Snyman’s contributions to the team, particularly his exceptional role in planning for line-outs during the week. He compared Snyman to the influential “Bomb Squad” of 2019, emphasizing his impact on the team’s physicality and rugby performance.
Regarding the Bok forwards, Kitshoff revealed that the coaching staff had emphasized their role in the upcoming match.
The forwards were challenged to provide a solid platform for the backs to showcase their magic and X-factor. Kitshoff acknowledged the dynamic and dynamic style of play of the All Blacks but stressed the importance of the Springboks’ workrate, physicality, line-out, and maul.
Kitshoff emphasized the need for the team to give their all during the match, emptying their tanks and leaving nothing on the field. He emphasized the importance of delivering a complete performance, lasting for 80, 85, or even 100 minutes if necessary.