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South Africa secured their place in the World Cup quarter-finals with an emphatic 66-7 victory over 14-man Canada in Kobe.
Canada, who conceded 48 points to Italy and 63 to New Zealand in their opening matches, again found the going tough in Pool B as they shipped 10 tries to the dominant Springboks.
Northampton’s Cobus Reinach helped himself to a hat-trick in the opening 20 minutes while influential fly-half Elton Jantjies kicked his way to 16 points.
Canada, who trailed 47-0 at the break, also had to play more than half the game with a man less after Josh Larsen was sent off for a shoulder charge into the head of Thomas Du Toit.
South Africa made 13 changes for the game but there was no problem with their cohesion as they raced in front with a try after just two minutes.
Damien De Allende, one of only two players retained in the starting line-up, profited from a break by RG Snyman to touch down and within three minutes S’busiso Nikosi went over in the corner for the second.
Reniach claimed his first after nine minutes as he gathered his own kick to cross and grabbed another following more powerful running by Snyman. He then sprinted half the length of the field to claim his third and South Africa scored again when Warrick Gelant weaved his way through the Canucks defence.
Canada’s night got even worse when Larsen was sent off before the break following a foul play review by the TMO and they were breached again when Frans Steyn crashed over from close range.
The Springboks made a slow start to the second half and Canada registered a consolation when Jeff Hassler drove to the line and Matt Heaton forced his way over.
Normal service was soon resumed, however, as veteran hooker Schalk Brits claimed a well-worked try and Damian Willemse – only recently drafted into the squad as an injury replacement – went over from a scrum.
Frans Malherbe powered through the defence for South Africa’s 10th try eight minutes from time.
Pool B as it stands
South Africa have now qualified for the knockout stages as, even if Italy do the miraculous and beat New Zealand with a try bonus point, South Africa will still go through because they won the head-to-head between the two sides and have a far superior points difference.
A smiling Rassie Erasmus talks to ITV
You can’t moan about ten tries.
The big thing is seeing who we play in the quarter-final which we will find out on Sunday. We will give the guys two days off and we’ll get back on the horse on Sunday.
We have a chance [of winning] but there are some big teams in this tournament. Japan and Scotland are class acts and there is some tough opposition left.
Cobus Reinach’s hat-trick try
It has to be a contender for try of the tournament. Sublime.
Full time: South Africa 66 Canada 7
South Africa launch a multi-phase attack in overtime, with Kolisi prominent, but Olmstead turns the ball over.
The Canada lock had a great second half, but he knocks on during the turnover and that is that.
79 min: South Africa 66 Canada 7
South Africa’s attack is sloppy and Kitshoff has to clean up a bouncing ball.
Sears-Duru comes straight through the middle to win the ball and Canada look to attack.
And there’s a chance for Van der Merwe. O’Leary finds him with a looping pass, and the Canada wing has a three-on-one wide left, but Van der Merwe spills the ball.
77 min: South Africa 66 Canada 7
Smith wins a holding on penalty on halfway after South Africa clear O’Leary’s restart.
Jantjies is greedy with his attempted touch-finder, however, and Canada clear back to the South African back three.
But Coe turns it over for Canada, before linking up with replacement three-quarter Du Toit. The replacement gets himself isolated, however, and Willemse jackals well for a holding on penalty.
74 min: MISSED CON JANTJIES South Africa 66 Canada 7
Maybe he’s allow to miss one or two – he’s had to kick so often today, after all.
72 min: TRY MALHERBE South Africa 66 Canada 7
Snyman steals the lineout – again!
South Africa spread it wide immediately with a gorgeous, sweeping pass from Pollard, but Gelant can’t stay in field, well shepherded by Van der Merwe.
Canada clear up to the South Africa 10-metre line and the Springboks counter.
They get inside South Africa’s 22 following good thrusts from Kolisi, Kitshoff and Gelant – along with neat work from Jantjies – before Malherbe crashes over.
69 min: South Africa 61 Canada 7
South Africa make a bit of a hash of the restart and Canada can attack from a lineout on the South Africa 22.
But Mackenzie throws a loose pass that Jantjies deflects backwards into the hands of Smith. South Africa look to counter but Steyn’s kick through for Nkosi is a poor one – it needed to stay in but instead Canada will have a lineout on halfway.
67 min: CON JANTJIES South Africa 61 Canada 7
Another good strike from Jantjies. Could he be playing himself into quarter-final contention?
66 min: TRY WILLEMSE South Africa 59 Canada 7
First try of the World Cup for Damian Willemse – he only arrived in Japan five days ago.
Canada are very tight in defence and simple hands leads to Willemse exploiting an overlap unopposed from first phase.
65 min: South Africa 54 Canada 7
But Canada cannot hold onto the ball, and South Africa win a lineout of their own, just inside the Canada half.
They launch a strike move, with Nkosi coming off his blindside wing and throwing a sensational offload to Willemse.
The South Africa full-back feeds Gelant, who grubbers down to the Canada line but Hassler gets back to dot down.
The Canada wing carried over, however, and it will be a South Africa five-metre scrum.
61 min: South Africa 54 Canada 7
Coe is under pressure on his own five-metre line following an awful pass from the base of the scrum by Mackenzie.
But Steyn is too enthusiastic at the ruck and gives away a penalty.
Nelson misses touch, though, and South Africa come back. But Marx then knocks on.
Nelson kicks the advantage away, and Smith drops the ball into touch. Canada will have a lineout on halfway.
58 min: South Africa 54 Canada 7
South Africa attack from the Canada ten-metre line, with Steyn carrying emphatically in midfield. But Snyman knocks on as he comes round the corner and it breaks down.
Canada scrum on their own ten-metre line.
55 min: CON JANTJIES South Africa 54 Canada 7
Really easy for Jantjies, who has been impressive off the tee today.
55 min: TRY BRITS South Africa 52 Canada 7
South Africa go through the phases – Kitshoff with a strong carry.
Brits gets the ball seven metres out and his feet are dazzling – you can’t give him any space.
He steps two defenders and just makes the line to touch down for his first try of the match.
52 min: South Africa 47 Canada 7
Massive scrum from South Africa, pushing Canada off their own ball.
South Africa’s attack looks ominous but Canada intercept! Hassler hacks the ball up field but South Africa recover well.
Mack gives away a penalty for hands in the subsequent ruck and South Africa have the penalty. Jantjies nudges it towards the South Africa’s five-metre line.
50 min: South Africa 47 Canada 7
But South Africa win the lineout against the throw.
They go wide immediately, with De Allende threading a dangerous grubber towards the Canada line. Gelant and Willemse chase, but Coe gets back to touch down.
Gelant knocked on, however, so it will be a Canada scrum on the five-metre line.
Reinach has been replaced by Herschel Jantjies.
48 min: South Africa 47 Canada 7
Canada break from the restart – they’ve clearly had a half-time telling off from coach Kingsley Jones.
Nelson, Mack, Hassler and Trainor all look dangerous, before Canada win a lineout near halfway.
South Africa have made more tackles in the first eight minutes of this half than they did in the whole of the first half.
46 min: CON NELSON South Africa 47 Canada 7
The try stands. They were checking Hearn’s dummy line on the Hassler break, and it was (just) OK.
An easy conversion for Nelson, too.
45 min: TRY HEATON South Africa 47 Canada 5
Nelson gets Canada to within five metres before they set up a maul.
When the backs get the ball, Mack throws a lovely short ball to Hassler, who gets within a metre.
Back-rower Heaton then runs out-to-in, straight off nine, and just about gets over the line.
Hang on – the TMO thinks he’s spotted something…
45 min: South Africa 47 Canada 0
South Africa have been a little unruly at the start of this half, two penalties and a free-kick at the lineout conceded.
Canada tap the free-kick on the South Africa five-metre and probe their line, but Reinach turns the ball over and De Allende clears.
But only as far as former Osprey Hassler. He is then turned over, however, by Du Toit, before Canada turn the ball over themelves.
Canada win a penalty as South Africa make a mess of the breakdown.
Can one team hold on to the ball, please?
42 min: South Africa 47 Canada 0
Agood start for Canada as Olmstead takes the restart and, following Canada’s clearance, the Canada second-row leads the kick chase to win a penalty for his side – Snyman caught holding on at the breakdown.
Nelson kicks down to the South Africa 22 – Olmstead takes – and Canada launch an attack.
Jantjies is caught off his feet at the breakdown and Nelson will kick to the corner.
Better from Canada.
In case you missed it…
Canada’s second-half task became seriously tougher towards the end of the first half, after second-row replacement Josh Larsen was sent off for this shoulder to the head of Thom
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