South Africa 66-7 Canada: Springboks sign Rugby World Cup quarter-final place

Cobus Reinach

Cobus Reinach took usually 11 mins to finish a hat-trick of tries

South Africa constructed a gorgeous first-half arrangement as they reliable their place in a World Cup quarter-finals with a large win over 14-man Canada.

The Springboks ran in 7 tries in a initial half, with scrum-half Cobus Reinach notching a beginning hat-trick in a World Cup diversion after 20 minutes.

Canada had Josh Larsen sent off for a charging into a ruck before half-time.

The minnows scored initial in a second half by Matt Heaton though South Africa ran in 3 some-more tries.

Schalk Brits, Damian Willemse and Frans Malherbe all went over following tries from Reinach, Damian de Allende, S’busiso Nkosi, Warrick Gelant and Frans Steyn in a opening 40 minutes.

Rassie Erasmus’s side go tip of Pool B though fortifying champions New Zealand – who kick a Springboks progressing in a contest – are approaching to better Italy on Saturday to win a group.

Canada, ranked 22nd in a world, will find to finish their World Cup with attainment over Namibia on Sunday.

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Reinach hat-trick as Springboks shell Canada

South Africa, fielding 13 changes from a side that kick Italy on Friday, got off to a ideal start with tries in a initial 6 mins from centre De Allende and wing Nkosi.

But it was Reinach who done a biggest sense with his 11-minute hat-trick finished by a 20th notation of a game.

The prior record for a beginning World Cup hat-trick was hold by Australia’s Chris Latham, who managed a attainment after 25 mins opposite Namibia in 2003.

Reinach, whose father Jaco represented South Africa during both rugby and athletics, is generally regarded as a Springboks’ third-choice scrum-half.

“Everybody knows he has a X-factor,” pronounced South Africa manager Erasmus. “I knew his Dad well.

“He’s got well-developed speed, he hasn’t had a lot of diversion time with us given I’ve been coach, though he’s got good speed and anticipation.

“We’re propitious to have 3 peculiarity nines during a World Cup.”

Reinach’s initial try was arguably a best of a match. The Northampton Saints scrum-half sliced by a defence, chipped a full-back and held a round on a rebound before accelerating divided to score.

He cumulative his team’s reward indicate after usually 17 minutes, diving over a line after his forwards had crushed their approach through.

The 29-year-old’s third arrived 3 mins later, a scrum-half using by after a Springboks once again cut a Canadian counterclaim far-reaching open.

Warrick Gelant scored in a dilemma as a one-way trade continued and things got worse for Canada when deputy brazen Larsen was sent off for drifting into a ruck heading with his shoulder, attack Thomas du Toit neck high and withdrawal arbitrate Luke Pearce with no choice though to furnish a red card.

Phil Mack’s messy pass was afterwards intercepted by Steyn, who overwhelmed down for a seventh first-half try.

Elton Jantjies kicked his sixth acclimatisation to make it 47 unanswered points in a entirely miserable 40 mins for Canada.

Consolation try for Canada

Matt Heaton bundled over a line for Canada during a start of a second half after Jeff Hassler found a singular opening in a Springbok counterclaim as a 14 group rallied opposite a odds.

But a Springboks eventually pennyless by again when former Saracens brazen Brits, behind during harlot after personification a diversion during series 8 in Japan, side-stepped his approach to his side’s eighth try before limping off.

Willemse, who has been on a short-term understanding during Saracens and usually arrived in Japan 5 days ago as a deputy for Jesse Kriel, went over unopposed for his initial general try and a final measure came from deputy Malherbe after heated vigour wore down Canada’s tired counterclaim one final time.


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What they said

South Africa conduct manager Rassie Erasmus: “We had a brief turnaround and it was scrappy during stages though we can’t blubber about a tempo. The red label done it a small bit easier.

“In this steam infrequently we can over-exaggerate, though we kept it sincerely elementary that was a good thing.”

On reaching a quarter-finals: “The large thing is we have to see who we are going to play – we’ll give a guys dual days off and on Friday get behind on a equine again.

“We have a good possibility like everybody else though there are so many good teams in this tournament. Japan are a category act, Ireland and Scotland category acts – there’s some tough antithesis in a subsequent few weeks.”


  • Reinach dull off his hat-trick 10 mins and 25 seconds after scoring his initial try of a match, usually Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper has taken reduction time between a initial and third tries of a hat-trick during a Rugby World Cup (9m 16s v USA in 2011).
  • Larsen’s promulgation off was Canada’s fourth red label in Rugby World Cup history, some-more than any other side.
  • South Africa’s 59-point win was their fourth biggest ever during a Rugby World Cup while their points total of 66 was their third top in a diversion during a contest and top given scoring 87 opposite Namibia in 2011.
  • South Africa have won 47 out of 47 line-outs so distant during a 2019 Rugby World Cup, including all 8 opposite Canada, a usually side nonetheless to displace a line-out chuck during this book of a tournament.
  • South Africa’s Brits crossed for a try opposite Canada aged 38 years and 145 days to turn a second oldest actor to measure a try during a Rugby World Cup after Diego Ormaechea (40y 13d)


South Africa: Willemse; Gelant, De Allende, Steyn, Nkosi; Jantjies, Reinach; T Du Toit, Brits, Koch, Snyman, Mostert, Kolisi (capt), Smith, Louw.

Replacements: Marx, Kitshoff, Malherbe, Ebtzebeth, P Du Toit, Jantjies, Pollard, Le Roux.

Canada: Coe; Hassler, Trainor, Hearn, Van der Merwe; Nelson, Mack; Buydens, Quattrin, Ilnicki, Olmstead, Baillie, Rumball, Heaton, Ardron (capt).

Replacements: Piffero, Sears-Duru, Tierney, Larsen, Sheppard, Mackenzie, O’Leary, Du Toit


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