Springboks crush Canada to reach quarter-finals


Cobus Reinach scored a hat-trick as the Springboks smashed Canada 66-7 in Kobe to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals. PATRIC RIDGE reports.

Rassie Erasmus insisted there would be no drop off in quality for his Bok side despite a raft of changes, and his expectations were met as they ran riot.

An 11-minute hat-trick by Cobus Reinach – the earliest in World Cup history – was the highlight of a sensational first-half performance, with the Boks’ evening made easier when Canada had Josh Larsen sent off as they held a 47-0 lead at half-time.

Matt Heaton grabbed a consolation try as Canada managed to stem the green-and-gold tide despite their numerical disadvantage in the second half.

The Boks started as they meant to go on, RG Snyman’s breakthrough paving the way for Damian de Allende to barge over in the third minute, with Elton Jantjies adding the extras.

Sbu Nkosi’s wicked turn of pace did for Canada’s defence, before Reinach displayed brilliant skill to latch onto his own kick and race over for a third Bok try with less than 10 minutes played.

Reinach dived in for a second moments later, following another Snyman break, and he became the fifth Bok to score a World Cup hat-trick when he burst in from the right in the 20th minute.

The Bok scrumhalf turned provider for his team’s sixth try, powering away to find De Allende, whose quick pass was pounced on by Warrick Gelant.

Canada’s misery was compounded before the break – substitute Larsen seeing red for an illegal shoulder charge just short of South Africa’s line – before Frans Steyn went over following an interception on the stroke of half-time.

Against the odds, Canada got on the scoresheet six minutes after the restart, Heaton bundling over to restore some pride.

Veteran Schalk Brits nosed the Boks above 50, though his match – potentially his final Bok appearance – was ended through injury soon after.

Damian Willemse dived over for his first Test try with 14 minutes to go and Frans Malherbe rounded off a supreme display as South Africa moved top of Pool B.

Springboks – Tries: Damian de Allende, Sbu Nkosi, Cobus Reinach (3), Warrick Gelant, Frans Steyn, Schalk Brits, Damian Willemse, Frans Malherbe. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (8).
Canada – Try: Matt Heaton. Conversion: Peter Nelson.

Match stats

Springboks – 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Warrick Gelant, 13 Damian de Allende, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 S’busiso Nkosi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 RG Snyman, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Thomas du Toit.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux.

Canada – 15 Andrew Coe, 14 Jeff Hassler, 13 Conor Trainor, 12 Ciaran Hearn, 11 DTH van der Merwe, 10 Peter Nelson, 9 Phil Mack, 8 Tyler Ardron (c), 7 Matt Heaton, 6 Lucas Rumball, 5 Kyle Baillie, 4 Evan Olmstead, 3 Jake Ilnicki, 2 Andrew Quattrin, 1 Hubert Buydens.
Subs: 16 Benoit Piffero, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Matthew Tierney, 19 Josh Larsen, 20 Mike Sheppard, 21 Jamie Mackenzie, 22 Shane O’Leary, 23 Guiseppe du Toit.