- The Boks set to face Wales today in the semi-finals of the Rugby World Cup
- The referee for the match is Jérôme Garcès
- The Boks have not had a great record of matches officiated by Garcès
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Siya Kolisi, Springbok captain, has learned a great deal after emerging from the B pool with only one defeat to New Zealand. The team has had enough time to shrug off the negative effects of a loss and have had enough wins to boost their morale.
Briefly.co.za learned that today's match will be officiated by Jérôme Garcès, not a favourite of South African rugby fans, who also was the referee for the Boks only loss against New Zealand.
“The most important thing is that we’ve learnt from that game and are definitely a better team than we were at that time,” said Kolisi.
“All those errors, you can blame the referee as much as you want, but there is some stuff you want to fix as well.
“We’ve grown as a team and want to make sure we first sort it out ourselves. Obviously, we’ll have a chat with him.
“We know as a team we’ve got to make sure we do what we can, and when we’re right, we’ve got to let him know.
“It’s important we dominate on attack and defence, so we don’t get the short end of the stick.”
Today's challenge, perceptions of the referee aside, will be to find a way through the Welsh defence according to the dailysun.co.za.
The Springboks have only won 29% of their matches with Garcès as the referee and have never beaten Wales with him behind the whistle.
Yesterday's game, England vs New Zealand, has proven that there are no underdogs in the Rugby World Cup and each game needs to be taken seriously.
President Cyril Ramaphosa wished the team well in a moving video call to Kolisi yesterday and reminded the country that 57 million people are behind the green and the gold.
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