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Matfield : Springboks want to finish on a high

Article Published: Thursday 29 October 2015
Edited by: Rugbyweek.com.
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Matfield : Springboks want to finish on a high

Springbok captain Victor Matfield says that the whole of the South African Rugby team are desperate to finish the 2015 season by winning a bronze medal match in London's Olympic Stadium on Friday evening.

South Africa face Argentina in the third vs fourth play off and in the absence of the injured Jean de Villiers and Fourie du Preez the team will be captained by Matfield for the 23rd time.

In all likelihood the team that wins the match will end the year as the third place team in the world rankings and the loser will finish in fourth place.

"Tomorrow's match is very important for us and we want to finish a tough season on a high," said Matfield.

"It's about making sure the massive effort we put in after losing to Japan in the opening round was not in vain.

"Yes, we were bitterly disappointed that we lost against the All Blacks in the semi-final last weekend because our aim was to win the World Cup, but hopefully after tomorrow's match we can look each other in the eyes, say we are proud South Africans and that we will never give up.

"After that Japan game something special happened to this team and it's going to be an absolute privilege to be part of that tomorrow and hopefully go out on a high."

Matfield said decision making will be key against a much-improved Argentinean side, who deserved to reach the final four after some great performances in the World Cup.

"We play a game of decision making and our inside backs will have to make good decisions tomorrow," said Matfield.

"We showed during the pool phase that we can score great tries when we make the right decisions on the field. I think we were right up there amongst the top try-scoring teams in the competition and hopefully there will be opportunities to attack tomorrow."



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