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South Africa climbed to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool B with a 49-3 victory over Italy in Shizuoka.
The Springboks, who opened their campaign with a 23-13 defeat to New Zealand before easing past Namibia, claimed a second successive bonus-point win to leapfrog Italy and the All Blacks and reach the summit.
Third-placed New Zealand have a game in hand over both South Africa and Italy, who sit second but are yet to play Steve Hansen’s side.
Italy had Andrea Lovotti sent off for a dangerous tackle early in the second half.
More to follow
Full-time | South Africa 49 Italy 3
Something of a statement win for South Africa, even if they faced 14 man for most of the second half.
Try, Macolm Marx! South Africa 49 Italy 3, 81 minutes
How appropriate. South Africa sign off with a brutally powerful maul try. Marx dots down at the tail of it.
Pollard’s skewed kick means that his team do not quite reach a half-century but that was seriously authoritative.
The only blemish is that ankle injury to Kolbe, who was wonderful again.
South Africa 44 Italy 3, 79 minutes
Oh dear. Kolbe nabs an interception and shoots up-field. Jayden Hayward does brilliantly to slow him down before Callum Braley completes the tackle…Kolbe seemed to go over on his ankle. He’s heading off.
Try, RG Snyman! South Africa 44 Italy 3, 76 minutes
It’s getting horrible for Italy. Frans Steyn hits a grubber into the corner and Kolbe hares after it, smashing Minozzi towards touch.
Italy’s full-back attempts an offload back in-field but Snyman has followed up. He collects and crashes over. Pollard misses the conversion.
South Africa 39 Italy 3, 74 minutes
Six minutes left and we have a scrum between Italy’s 22 and their 10-metre line.
Wasteful from South Africa. Herschel Jantjies throws a miss-pass into touch…but then South Africa win back the lineout through Franco Mostert.
Mapimpi’s try here. Lovely touch from Le Roux.
This is the 106th defeat of Sergio Parisse’s Test career in his 142nd cap.
The others who’ve lost anywhere near as many are all Italians.
🇮🇹 M Castrogiovanni 88 losses (119)
🇮🇹 A Zanni 85 (117)
🇮🇹 L Ghiraldini 84 (104)
🇮🇹 M Bortolami 82 (112)
🇮🇹 Ma Bergamasco 75 (106)#Italy
— Will Kelleher (@willgkelleher) October 4, 2019
South Africa 39 Italy 3, 71 minutes
Italy attempt a chip but advance from in front of the kicker. South Africa go to touch and then spread the ball after winning the lineout. Le Roux links with Mapimpi and the Springboks pummel at Italy’s line…before Pollard spills and Minozzi clears.
Try, Makazole Mapimpi! South Africa 39 Italy 3, 67 minutes
Nice from South Africa. They win the lineout and move the ball from side to side with Steven Kitshoff bulldozing over the gain-line.
Willie le Roux then drops into first-receiver and lifts a chip over Italy’s front line. Mapimpi floods through and ambles around close to the posts for Pollard to make it a seven-pointer.
South Africa 32 Italy 3, 65 minutes
Another fractured passage ends with Jayden Hayward slamming the ball into touch. We’ll have a South Africa lineout on Italy’s 10-metre line.
South Africa 32 Italy 3, 62 minutes
Parisse heads off. This is a pretty damning assessment of his 142nd cap.
Jake Polledri and Braam Steyn must have been looking at Parisse during his hour and wondered exactly what he was doing. Hanging out on the wing and backfield waiting for stuff to come to him whilst they bust their spag bols doing the actual work
— Sam Larner (@SamLStandsUp) October 4, 2019
What a snap
Colorsport have captured this beauty. Just look at Duane Vermeulen’s face.
Try, Lukhanyo Am! South Africa 32 Italy 3, 58 minutes
Bonus point for South Africa. Polledri attempts an offload to Sergio Parisse but Am picks it off and ambles over. Pollard converts.
There are still 20 minutes remaining…
South Africa 25 Italy 3, 57 minutes
It’s total mayhem out there at the moment. South Africa get to within a metre but De Klerk is picked off by Michele Campagnaro. Italy’s wing kicks ahead and there are numerous possession changes as the players look exhausted…
An absolute no-brainer, this.
Try, Cheslin Kolbe! South Africa 25 Italy 3, 53 minutes
Cheslin Kolbe is a special, special player. He starts this move by climbing above Parisse to haul in a box-kick on South Africa’s right. The ball is moved left, where De Klerk, Am, De Jager and Marx feature in a flowing move.
Pollard then gets his hands on the ball and dinks a kick-pass to Kolbe. Pollard misses the conversion…but you sense he might get some more practice.
Penalty, Handre Pollard! South Africa 20 Italy 3, 51 minutes
Am carries strongly and Tebaldi is penalised for going off his feet at the breakdown with Italy back-pedalling. It’s an easy one for Pollard. And South Africa are bringing Malcolm Marx off the bench now.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 48 minutes
Italy’s 14 men are giving this a good crack but they will be under the pump again here as Bigi ships a penalty for going off his feet at a ruck.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 45 minutes
More drama! South Africa pile forward with a powerful maul and then win the ball back after a De Klerk box-kick. Pollard then goes waltzing through midfield and releases Du Toit…but we come back for an obstruction. The try is chalked off.
Red card, Andrea Lovotti!
Oh wow. What a moment. Just hugely stupid from Italy.
The whole sequence actually begins with a big break from Braam Steyn that brings the Azzurri to within five metres after Tito Tebaldi snipes a couple of phases later.
Italy have a penalty advantage but Duane Vermeulen gets over the ball…and is tipped nastily into the ground by Lovotti and Quaglio.
Lovotti is deemed to be the worst offender and is promptly dismissed by Barnes.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 41 minutes
Alittle error in midfield from South Africa following the lineout and Damian de Allende’s carry.
Off we go again. Pollard restarts the game. He goes long towards Parisse, who finds Minozzi. Du Toit clatters Italy’s full-back and Allan has to rush a clearance into touch.
Muscular mauls have been a feature of this tournament and Mbonambi was the beneficiary of another one for South Africa’s second.
Half-time | South Africa 17 Italy 3
Italy attempt a chip over the top in midfield but Mapimpi mops up and Pollard ends the first 40 minutes.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 39 minutes
Poor from Italy. They have a lineout as an attempted chip from Pollard bounces into touch…but they really mess it up as they move the ball back inside their own 22 and then kick directly into touch.
They do redeem themselves with a strong defensive set, though. Just a minute until half-time.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 35 minutes
Another penalty for South Africa. Mbonambi is tackled high by Bigi. It’s on halfway and Pollard boots the ball into touch around Italy’s 22.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 34 minutes
Superb defensive set from South Africa, who repel Italy back behind the 22 and then win a penalty – via the television match official – as Frans Malherbe (I think) is neck-rolled by Tommaso Benvenuti.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 32 minutes
Italy’s first attempt at a driving maul is derailed by South Africa but Italy get another chance to hit the corner when Lood de Jager plays Dean Budd in the air. Luca Bigi will throw into a lineout just seven metres out.
South Africa 17 Italy 3, 30 minutes
Another decent response from Italy. They keep the ball and Vermeulen creeps offside. Allan hits the corner. Five-metre lineout for Italy.
Try, Bongi Mbonambi! South Africa 17 Italy 3, 28 minutes
South Africa bomb a chance out wide when Kolbe’s pass sails behind Le Roux out wide. We come back for the penalty and South Africa’s maul is irresistible. Italy splinter and South Africa’s
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