Rugby World Cup: Springboks wary of Will Jordan threat as All Blacks winger chases history

Even as Will Jordan stands on the cusp of men's Rugby World Cup history, the Springboks know they must do more than just stop the All Blacks winger, if they're to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.

Jordan, 25, has so far scored eight tries at this year's tournament, notably bagging a hattrick in the 44-6 semi-final demolition of Argentina last week.

Those three scores take him level with ex-All Blacks Jonah Lomu and Julian Savea, as well as South African great Bryan Habana, for the most tries at a single tournament.

If Jordan crosses the line on Sunday (NZ time), he'll take the record outright and sit above some of the game's all-time greats.

Will Jordan against Ireland.
Will Jordan against Ireland. Photo credit: Getty Images

Putting the All Blacks' attacking threat down to just Jordan would be too simple, says Springboks fullback Willie le Roux. The All Blacks have scored easily the most tries at this year's tournament, with 48.

Even without Jordan's eight, New Zealand would still sit 10 clear of the next best sides - Ireland and France - who've both scored 30 each. South Africa, the All Blacks' final opponents, have scored only 27.  

Le Roux knows the All Blacks' threats are scattered across the park, not just in the No.14 jersey.

"I think that's [the job of] the 23 that goes out on Saturday," said le Roux. "The whole buy-in to our defence plan, stick to what we think is best.

"We have to stop everyone from scoring, not just him. [We have to] stop the All Blacks from scoring, we'll focus on that.

"The main job for us on Saturday is our performance and what we can do best."

Regardless, South Africa's respect for Jordan is clear. Since his 2000 debut, he has become one of the most clinical scorers in All Blacks history.

With 31 tries in 30 tests, his ratio is a staggering 1.03 per game - better than any of the All Blacks' great tryscorers. All-time recordholder Doug Howlett had 49 tries in 62 tests - a strike rate of 0.79 per game.

Should Jordan continue scoring at his current rate, he'd break the All Blacks record in his 48th test match.

From what le Roux has seen, the Springboks know the threat they're dealing with, come kickoff at the Stade de France.  

"He's an amazing allround player," added le Roux. "He can do anything - chip and chase, score from anywhere, create something out of nothing.

"He's an unbelievable ball player."

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