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Ireland coach has his say on collusion idea to knock Boks out

SPOTLIGHT: Ireland assistant coach Mike Catt has rubbished suggestions that his team could collude with Scotland to send South Africa home early from the World Cup.

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The Irish and the Scots will meet in their final pool B clash on Saturday in what will be a shoot-out for the quarterfinals.

A bonus-point victory for the Scots by a margin of 21 points or more combined with Ireland collecting a losing bonus point for scoring at least four tries would put both nations in the quarterfinals while eliminating the reigning champions.

After the Springboks’ 49-18 win over Tonga on Sunday, head coach Jacques Nienaber said he does not believe the two Six Nations teams would ‘conspire’ to fabricate a result and he called it “match-fixing” if it were to happen.

On all that conspiracy talk, Catt responded: “That stuff is just white noise in the background.

“No, we are not going to go in cahoots with Scotland.”

He added: “Would we want Scotland to beat us by 21 points? Would you want Scotland to beat you by 21 points?”

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Catt said his squad is only focussing on one thing ahead of Saturday’s showdown and that is to get a victory.

“I am just focusing on the performance and the preparations of the players but Andy [Farrell] is fully aware of what is going and what needs to happen,” said Catt.

“Ultimately both sides need to win the game.

“If you do that then you put yourself in a good position, that is what we will try to do.”

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Additional source: PA

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