South Africa led 47-0 at halftime, won 66-7 with their ten tries equalling New Zealand’s effort against Namibia at this RWC, and Canada scored only their second try of the tournament in Kobe on Tuesday.
And as an added bonus the Springboks officially qualified for the quarterfinal with this win.
The Boks win was achieved on the back of a first half of constant movement and generally excellent and accurate rugby based on a great performance by the forwards against a team seemingly overawed and outplayed.
It included a hat-trick by Cobus Reinach, photo, after 20 minutes, the fastest to this milestone in World Cup history. The ‘record’ was set by Wallabies fullback Chris Latham in 2003 who scored his third after 25 minutes.
The Boks played against only 14 men since just before halftime when Canada’s flank Josh Larsen was sent off for a high shoulder charge into a ruck.
The second half was not as convincing by the Springboks with the fluency of the first half deserting them. After the relatively easy first half too many players tried to force the play with individual charges.
It was nevertheless a good show by what was essentially the ‘second team’ that started the match with only three of the run-on team against Italy in the starting side.
Much shouldn’t be read into the score and even the performance must be toned down in quality because of the opposition which was not remotely of international quality. But that doesn’t take anything away from the hat-trick by scrumhalf Cobus Reinach and the brilliant support and running by especially RG Snyman, the Man of the Match.
Springboks (47) 66: Tries: Damian de Allende, S’bu Nkosi, Cobus Reinach (3), Warrick Gelant, Frans Steyn, Schalk Brits, Damian Willemse, Frans Malherbe. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (8).
Canada (0) 7: Try: Matt Heaton. Conversion: Peter Nelson.