Springbok hero unaware of hat-trick record


Springbok scrumhalf Cobus Reinach only found out about his World Cup hat-trick record in the change room after the 66-7 win against Canada in Kobe.

Reinach, the son of the late former South African athletics star and Springbok wing Jaco, took only 11 minutes to dot down three tries in a blitzkrieg first-half display.

The 29-year-old scored in the ninth, 17th and 20th minutes – to record the earliest hat-trick in World Cup history.

For his first try, Reinach displayed exceptional acceleration and top speed to gather his chip kick and score in the left corner.

‘In training, it happened once or twice when I tried the outside, but it didn’t work, so I tried the chip kick instead,’ he explained.

When asked about his late father’s speed exploits on the track and rugby field, he said: ‘I saw a few clips of that, yes, and it’s wonderful memories. But that wasn’t on my mind at all, I just wanted to get the ball, get to the tryline, and then get back to catch my breath!’

Photo: Buddhika Weerasinghe/EPA