Rugby World Cup 2019: Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus predicts defence will prevail in Japan

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Rush defence will be grim reality in the biggest games at the Rugby World Cup, according to Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus, who predicts tries will be at a premium in Japan.

A trend of tense, low-scoring Tests continued in Wellington on Saturday when South Africa snared a dramatic 16-16 draw thanks to Hershcel Jantjes’ converted try in the final minute.

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The two heavyweight sides struggled to create scoring opportunities, bagging only one try apiece as smothering line speed shut down space and time.

It mirrored a series of defence-dominated contests in Europe last November when the leading World Cup contenders met.

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