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Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus has sent a warning to Ireland following their 16-9 win over the All Blacks on Saturday – stating they’re now the team to beat and will have a bullseye on their chest heading into the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Erasmus, who coached Munster for a season and a half, says Ireland are now almost “expected” to beat everyone else going forward following their win over the world champions in Dublin.
He says teams will start “coming for” Ireland and will spend a lot of time analysing Joe Schmidt’s side so they can try and beat them.
“If you beat New Zealand it gives you a lot of confidence, but sometimes the problem is what does that do to the opposition you are playing next?” Erasmus told the Irish Examiner
“There is a lot of expectation on you when you beat the All Blacks. Everyone then expects you to automatically beat everyone else from then onwards. People start coming for you and start to analyse you really hard to beat you, because you’ve just beaten New Zealand.”
Interestingly should Ireland top their Rugby World Cup pool and South Africa finish second behind the All Blacks in theirs – Ireland and the Springboks will meet in the quarter finals stages in Japan. Perhaps some early mind games from Erasmus?