Seven interesting facts from Springboks’ win against Canada


Opta Sports’ facts from the Springboks’ 66-7 win against Canada in Kobe.

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– The Boks’ 59-point win was their fourth-biggest ever at the World Cup while their points tally of 66 was their third-highest in a game at the tournament and highest since scoring 87 against Namibia in 2011.

– Cobus Reinach scored the earliest hat-trick ever in a World Cup match, crossing for his third try in the 21st minute, beating the previous record held by Australia’s Chris Latham who crossed for a third try in the 25th minute against Namibia in 2003.

– Reinach rounded off his hat-trick 10 minutes and 25 seconds after scoring his first try of the match, only Australia’s Adam Ashley-Cooper has taken less time between the first and third tries of a hat-trick at the World Cup (nine minutes, 16 seconds vs USA in 2011).

– Canada’s Josh Larsen was sent off – it was Canada’s fourth red card in World Cup history, more than any other side.

– The Boks scored seven first-half tries, just the fourth team to manage that in a World Cup match after Scotland, New Zealand (twice) and Australia (twice).

–  The Boks have won 47/47 lineouts so far at the 2019 World Cup, including 8/8 against Canada, the only side yet to misplace a lineout throw at this edition of the tournament.

– Bok hooker Schalk Brits crossed for a try against Canada aged 38 years and 145 days, he’s the second-oldest player to score a try at the World Cup after Diego Ormaechea (40 years, 13 days); Brits had already become the second-oldest try-scorer 10 days ago when he crossed against Namibia.