Scotland, meanwhile, are talking up their underdog status as they attempt to spring a big surprise.
In a difficult Pool B also including in-form Ireland, it’s going to be fascinating to see how it all unfolds.
Here’s how to watch the action today.
Where to watch South Africa vs Scotland
TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live and free to air on ITV1, with coverage starting at 3:55pm BST ahead of a 4:45pm kick-off.
Live stream: Fans will also be able to watch a free live stream online via the ITVX website and app.
Live blog: Follow all the action from the game with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.