John Dobson says he cannot see any way of stopping the Springboks from retaining their status as world champions, backing their scrum to wreak havoc in the final two playoffs.
The Boks are two games away from potentially retaining the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time in their history.
England are lying in wait in the semi-finals on Saturday – a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final – before a probable final against rivals New Zealand.
While most South Africans are erring on the side of caution, Stormers coach Dobson told the Off the Ball podcast that he cannot see any of the remaining teams coping with the Boks’ scrum – the replacement front row in particular.
“I don’t want to sound arrogant, but that’s where we are going to take some stopping in the World Cup,” Dobson said. “England and then New Zealand or Argentina are going to have to produce a second front row that can live with that. I think we will see more of that tactic now from South Africa, if you have a superior scrum then scrum more.
“In the game against Ireland, did New Zealand put the ball into the scrum? It was a remarkable game.
“Look, I don’t think it’s England,” Dobson answered when asked which remaining team South Africans fear most. “I don’t know what you do to stop the South Africans now, with that scrum, maul. It’s tricky.
“Ox Nche, the Springboks’ number 17, is going to be the player of this World Cup. He is just going to do so much damage in these next two games.
“New Zealand is the team we fear most, but can then produce something similar to what they did against Ireland? Can they cope with that second front row? It’s tricky, I think.
“Please don’t think I am an arrogant South African, but it’s ours to lose after Sunday night, I feel.”