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04 October 2019 21:55

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What term do you want to search? Search with google Italy coach Conor O'Shea made history not long ago by masterminding his side's first win against the Springboks, and is determined to stun them again – this time on an even bigger stage. South Africa and Italy do battle in a crucial Rugby World Cup Pool B encounter on Friday, which could determine which of the two sides gets to make it to the last eight. What beating the Springboks could mean for Italy The men in green are one of the pre-tournament favourites and are favoured to at least make it to the knockout rounds. Italy, on the other hand, are seen as rank outsiders for the title, and have been given little chance to even progress past the Pool phase of the tournament.

However, their Irish mentor has seen them past their opponents before, guiding them to a shock 20-18 victory in Firenze in November 2018. O'Shea has been vocal in his desire to use this particular fixture as a ticket to the quarterfinals. In a pre-match interview, he stated that the expectations on the Springboks' side could play against them, should they be put under enough pressure on the field. "You get maybe one or two opportunities to play matches like this in your life," he said. "For us, this is everything tonight.

So, we're gonna leave here with no regrets… put everything on the line, physically – which we have to, and you see what it's like for 80 minutes. "But, we know that as the game goes on, 20 minutes, 40 minutes, 50 minutes, the pressure begins to turn, because the Springboks are expected to win the World Cup – we're expected to win nothing." Conor O'Shea Perfect run so far for the Azzurri Italy have had the perfect start to their Rugby World Cup campaign, bagging two bonus-point wins to summit what is a tough Pool B, consisting of the Springboks and defending champions, New Zealand. They began their charge with a 47-22 win over Namibia, before a more straightforward 48-7 victory against Canada. With the two southern hemisphere giants – South Africa and New Zealand looming – O'Shea has previously revealed that Italy are targeting Friday's match as their big one for the tournament. "At the World Cup, we absolutely must win against Namibia and Canada and then focus on the other two big challenges we have.

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I believe that against South Africa, with this team, we can create an opportunity on our day." Conor O'Shea The game kicks off at 11:45 (SAST). Italy's loss of two props forced referee Wayne Barnes to call for the scrums in their match against South Africa to be uncontested. South African rugby fans are fuming at a "strange occurrence" in South Africa's Rugby World Cup match against Italy which forced the scrums to be uncontested for most of the match. Italy lost both of their tighthead props to injury in the first 20 minutes of the Pool B match at the Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa in Fukuroi City on Friday night. Italy's starting tighthead, Simone Ferrari, sustained what appeared to be a serious hamstring injury in the opening 60 seconds of the match. GETTY IMAGES Italy prop Marco Riccioni receives medical treatment after a tackle in his side's match against Italy. He was replaced by Marco Riccioni, but he lasted just 18 minutes before he was ordered off for a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) - he also appeared to be suffering from a rib injury. READ MORE: * Retallick back for All Blacks * Perenara right not to go easy * Why RWC is England's to lose * Hooper heads for test record * All Black aura grips World Cup * Super-ute Jordie in new role * How to watch all the RWC games * Download Stuff's RWC wallchart * RWC results and pool standings Under law three of the Laws of the Game, a referee can order uncontested scrums for safety reasons when a team cannot field a suitably trained front-rower. An uncontested scrum sees both teams form the normal eight-man formation, but neither side is allowed to push. That protects a prop who is unfamiliar in either the tighthead or loosehead role and technique from potentially being injured in a powered scrum. AP South Africa's Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit push through from the first scrum of the match. Nicola Quaglio came on for Riccioni, but given he was listed only as a loosehead prop, referee Wayne Barnes had no option but to order uncontested scrums for the remaining 60 minutes. He explained his decision to South African captain Siya Kolisi. "Siya, just a strange occurrence, so I thought I'd explain. No 18 [Riccioni] is going off for an HIA and being replaced by a tighthead [sic]. That means it goes to uncontested scrums for that 10 minutes then we'll have another conversation." GETTY IMAGES Italy prop Simone Ferrari is consoled by his captain, Sergio Parisse, on Friday night. That other conversation occurred when Riccioni was unable to return to the field after his HIA, with Barnes ordering uncontested scrums for the rest of the match. That played into Italy's hands given their scrum was inferior to South Africa's - as was evidenced by the first scrum after Ferrari went off, which saw the Springboks destroy the Italians to win a penalty. But it didn't really work in their favour as they found themselves down 17-3 at halftime, before going on to lose 49-3. Still, South African rugby fans took to social media to vent their frustration at what they perceived to be a tactical move from Italy. "Uncontested scrums for the rest of the game. What a surprise. Italy using the laws to their advantage. What a joke," Brenden Nel wrote on Twitter.