October 4, 2019 / 11:52 AM / 11 days ago

Rugby-Springboks outmuscle 14-man Italy to move top of Pool B

    FUKUROI CITY, Japan, Oct 4 (Reuters) - South Africa ramped
up the physicality to crush an Italy side reduced to 14 men for
most of the second half 49-3 on Friday, moving above the
Italians and New Zealand to the top of Rugby World Cup Pool B in
the process.    
    The Springboks have never failed to reach the quarter-finals
of the World Cup and they all but erased that possibility at
this tournament with a display of controlled brutality at
Shizuoka Stadium. 
    The ever-dangerous Cheslin Kolbe scored a try in each half
and Bongi Mbonambi, Lukhanyo Am, Makazole Mapimpi, RG Snyman and
Malcolm Marx also crossed to comfortably earn the twice World
Cup winners a bonus point.   
    Italy's already tricky task became nigh on impossible when
they had prop Andrea Lovotti sent off for dropping Duane
Vermeulen on his head in the 43rd minute and their slim hopes of
progressing now rest on beating the All Blacks for the first
time.   

 (Reporting by Nick Mulvenney in Tokyo, editing by Tony
Lawrence)
  
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