South Africa urged to create 'history' at the Rugby World Cup

South Africa head coach Jacques Nienaber urges his side to create ‘history’ by becoming the first nation to win the World Cup four times, after Siya Kolisi’s side laid down a pre-tournament marker by thrashing Wales

  • South Africa hammered Wales 52-16 at the Principality Stadium on Saturday
  • Influential captain Siya Kolisi made his return from injury after four months out
  • Head coach Jacques Nienaber wants his team to create history at the World Cup 

Siya Kolisi and South Africa put down a significant World Cup marker in Cardiff as the defending champions warmed up for what they hope will be ‘history’ in France by hammering Wales.

And Springbok head coach Jacques Nienaber told his team they must improve and not hide away from the challenge of trying to emulate their 2019 success.

Nienaber saw captain Kolisi return for the first time in 119 days following knee surgery in an eight-try, 52-16 win.

‘We have to get better going into France. It’s knock-out rugby from game one in our side of the draw,’ Nienaber said. ‘I’m happy Siya got his first minutes.

‘We have to get more cohesive before we play Scotland. Our goal is the World Cup. Everyone knows this is our aim. We can’t hide away from that.

South Africa picked up a dominant win against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon

South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber knows history beckons for his team at the World Cup

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said it felt ‘amazing’ to return from injury against Wales

‘We want to defend it and become the second team to do so. We’d become the first team to win it four times too. It would be history.’

South Africa claimed global glory four years ago in Japan and they were at their powerful best in Cardiff. They will face Ireland and Scotland in a tough Pool B draw at the World Cup.

‘It felt amazing,’ Kolisi said after his first game back since April. ‘I didn’t have any fear going into the game. Our training sessions prepared me a lot. As a team, we did well.

‘Next week, we’ve got a different challenge.’

South Africa face New Zealand at Twickenham on Friday in their final warm-up game.

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