Key Matchup: South Africa vs Tonga

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The match between South Africa and Tonga will be a big one! 

The teams will go into this game knowing the result that Scotland achieved and how that impacts their chances of getting into the quarter-finals. 

Tonga came into the tournament with a lot of high hopes but has sadly not been able to live up to those expectations. 

They have shown the flashes of brilliance that we know they are capable of and their team is exceptionally impressive on paper. 

Suffering from a lack of game time as a team has made it difficult for them to really perform to their abilities. Hopefully, we will see more top international matches from them in the coming years to enable them to grow as a squad and become far more competitive. 

They will definitely be out to prove a point against a South African team that will be fairly nervous going into this clash. 

Although South Africa has looked good in many ways over the past few weeks, they showed some real vulnerabilities against Ireland. This was in the form of both game management and their goal kicking

Game management is something they should take exceptionally seriously for this game. They have the opportunity to build up patiently and make the correct decisions against a team they should beat. They need to build that confidence and need to have that discipline. 

With Handre Pollard likely to feature for the first time at the World Cup, they will also look to get a far better return on their goal-kicking efforts. 

The result is likely going to be a big determining factor on how Pool B ends and will just add to the massive spectacle between Ireland and Scotland in the final pool game in week 5. 

South Africa is likely to pick up a convincing bonus point win before going into a long rest period before the quarter-finals.