October 8, 2019 / 12:15 PM / a month ago

Rugby-Springboks overwhelm Canada to storm into World Cup quarter-finals

    KOBE, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Third-string scrumhalf Cobus Reinach
scored a hat-trick of tries in 11 minutes as South Africa
celebrated their 500th test by storming into the Rugby World Cup
quarter-finals with a 66-7 victory over Canada on Tuesday.
    The Springboks ran in six tries in the first half hour at
Kobe Misaki Stadium, and Canada's woes deepened a couple of
minutes before halftime when replacement lock Josh Larsen was
shown a red card for an illegal shoulder charge at a ruck.
    South Africa were unable to maintain the same pace in the
second half, and the short-handed Canadians scored a deserved
try through flanker Matt Heaton in the 46th minute.
    The Springboks still had very much the better of the
contest, though, and four tries after the departure of Larsen
sent them through to the knockout stages with three wins in four
Pool B matches and a spring in their step.

 (Repoirting by Nick Mulvenney in Tokyo; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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